The Supreme Court on January 11 granted a hearing on Meesha Shafi's sexual harassment petition and merged it into a self-notice case of sexual harassment. Many people on social media congratulated the singer on the court's decision to declare Meesha Shafi's plea admissible and to include her in the suo motu notice case.
This also means that Harassment complaint was never heard on merits. Hats off to Meesha, Leena, legal teams who have been standing tall in the face of smear campaigns for the last 2 years. More power to all survivors of harassment who are still invisible & fighting for change.— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) January 11, 2021
Meesha Shafi had filed a petition in the Supreme Court in December 2019 alleging that his sexual harassment petition was rejected on technical grounds by the Punjab Ombudsman, Governor Punjab, and Lahore High Court. The petition said that the three higher bodies had rejected the singer's application as it did not fall under the category of Workplace Act 2010.
Leave granted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Meesha Shafi vs The Governor of Punjab to consider whether all women, including students, are covered under Pak's harassment law!— Noor Ejaz Chaudhry (@noorejazch) January 11, 2021
We're very proud today & for Mr. Khwaja Ahmad Hosain for the most brilliant advocacy! pic.twitter.com/EwLlqKzKWr
When the singer's application was heard on January 11, 2021, Meesha Shafi's lawyers argued to the court that the person making the sexual harassment complaint was not necessarily an employee of the accused and that the law of the Workplace Act 2010 also applies to educational institutions. Following the arguments of Meesha Shafi's lawyers, the court remarked that the objections raised by the singer's lawyers were worthy of consideration and the court sought a written reply from Ali Zafar's lawyers.
#justiceforMeeshaShafi#metoo— Sheema Kermani (@tehrikeniswan) January 10, 2021
We the Artist community of Pakistan, specially the female artists of this country are aware of the misogyny that permeates all levels of our society and is highly prevalent in the Media and ShowBiz industry. 1/6#meeshashafi #MeToo #sexualharrasment
After the court merged Meesha Shafi's petition into the already pending sexual harassment suo motu notice case, many people on social media called it Meesha Shafi's success and people joined him in congratulating him.
He also expressed sympathy. Most of the women expressed sympathy with the singer, calling the Supreme Court's decision to merge Meesha Shafi's petition into a self-notice case a success. Meesha Shafi's lawyer Nighat Dad was the first to tweet that the Supreme Court had granted the request of Meesha Shafi's lawyers and allowed the hearing of the singer's case.
Nighat Dad wrote that the purpose of hearing the case by the Supreme Court is that the court will hear the case according to the legal questions of Meesha Shafi's lawyers. He also congratulated Meesha Shafi and his team members. Noor Ijaz Chaudhry, a member of Meesha Shafi's legal team, also shared a photo taken outside the Supreme Court and tweeted that the Supreme Court had granted the singer's request for a hearing against the Punjab government's decision.
SC has granted leave in #MeeshaShafi case as case of first impression- its a legislative lacuna (definition of workplace being restrictive)but the SC can use purposive approach to broaden it by looking at the intent of legislature. It would be interesting to see how court rules— Ayesha Siddique Khan (@Ayesha_SK11) January 11, 2021
He wrote that the case would also look into the cases of all women and students who have been harassed. Immediately after being tweeted by Nighat Dad and Noor Ijaz Chaudhry, many men, including women, also tweeted on the issue of Meesha Shafi's case being approved for hearing in the Supreme Court and most people liked it.
Contrary to widespread disinformation on social media, the accused was not exonerated in @itsmeeshashafi's workplace harassment case. #MeToo #MeeshaShafi— Fatimah Mazhar (@FatimahMazhar) January 11, 2021
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Declared a success. Classical dancer and women's rights leader Sheema Kirmani in a series of tweets expressed sympathy with Meesha Shafi and wrote that the decision of the Supreme Court is a victory for women and at the same time she wrote that the hateful attitude towards women in the society now Also continues
Galali Ismail also congratulated Meesha Shafi and Nighat Dad in a short tweet. Ayesha Siddique Khan also tweeted that the Supreme Court had allowed the petition filed by Meesha Shafi for a hearing and the sexual harassment laws would be reviewed during the hearing. Apart from individuals, organizations and institutions also tweeted about the inclusion of Meesha Shafi's application in the suo motu notice case and they also congratulated Meesha Shafi.
We believe that a just ruling in this case will pave the way for other women, trans women and non binary persons to come forward. the courts havent been accessible to the vulnerable & marginalized groups and this would be the first hararssment case to be heard in the SC.— Siaasi Aurtain - سیاسی عورتیں (@SiaasiAurtain) January 11, 2021
In the tweets from most individuals and organizations, the Supreme Court's incorporation of the singer's petition into the suo motu notice case was hailed by many as a success for the singer, and people hailed Meesha Shafi, including Me Too and sexual harassment. Also used hashtags like Justice for. Meesha Shafi also thanked all the individuals and organizations for expressing sympathy and congratulations on the decision of the Supreme Court.
Thank you to all of you for making me feel less alone. Thank you to all of you for the solidarity, love and prayers I am receiving. Whatever the outcome tomorrow... I am at peace knowing I tried my best 🙏🏼#SupremeCourtHearing 11-1-21— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) January 10, 2021