Ali Zafar speaks out on misuse of #MeToo after professor’s suicide
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan singer and actor Ali Zafar spoke out against the misuse of MeToo campaign after a professor at the Government MAO College took his life over allegations of sexual assault.
“Mr Afzal, Lecturer at Govt MAO College Lahore commits suicide after false harassment allegations. Leaves a suicide note as his wife leaves him & his reputation tarnished. How many will speak up for him now? How many will speak up against the misuse of #Metoo. Who is responsible?,” asked Ali Zafar, who is himself accused of sexual harassment against fellow singer Meesha Shafi.
Professor Muhammad Afzal from the Government MAO College in Lahore was accused of sexually harassing a female student.
Two letters of the professor went viral on the internet—one in which he claims to leave the matter ‘in the court of Allah’ on October 9 and the other he wrote on October 8 to the enquiry officer who was investigating the scandal.
In the letter written to the enquiry officer, Afzal claims that the harassment allegations against him were false. He claims that the case against him had been closed but he feared the administration would re-open it any day.
He urged the administration in the letter to rusticate the student for allegedly leveling false allegations against him. Mr Afzal claims that his wife left him because of the harassment and because she considered him an ‘immoral person’.