Journalist Urooj Zia’s Account Of Being Sexually Harassed By Faisal Edhi Will Break Your Heart

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The last two years have seen many powerful men fall from grace as a result of the testimonies of brave women who have come forward to flag them as sexual harassers.

While the west has seen at least a few hundred men being named and shamed for sexual misconduct, South Asia has woken up to the #MeToo movement only recently.

The year had begun with such names in Pakistan as musician and film star, Ali Zafar and Patari CEO Khalid Bajwa being called out by various women. Only a few days ago, Twitter chatter pointed fingers towards Youtuber and comedian Junaid Akram for unholy behaviour.

Read: Is Pakistani Youtuber Junaid Akram A Sexual Harasser?

While all these cases were shocking as they were, the most recent person to be named will leave Pakistan positively heartbroken.

This time it’s Urooj Zia vs. Faisal Edhi 

Journalist Urooj Zia came forward late last evening with a thread on her Twitter handle in which she accused Faisal Edhi – son of  the beloved philanthropist, late Abdul Sattar Edhi – for sexually harassing her many years ago when she was merely in her early twenties.

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sending her unwelcome texts and demanding “friendship” in return for funds for the political party that she supported.

Faisal Edhi denies the allegations…

Speaking to Pakistan Today, Faisal Edhi out-rightly denied the allegations stating that he didn’t “…even know who the girl is.”

In his statement Edhi further added that he might have refused funding for a political party at some point because of which his name was being maligned.

…But Pakistan is not in a forgiving mood

And while Faisal Edhi cannot recall harassing Urooj Zia, the overwhelming majority of Pakistanis who have read her story, believe her.

The Guilt that Plagues the Survivors

Zia’s tweets highlight the guilt that young girls are conditioned to feel when an offender makes an unwelcome advance. Very often when girls find themselves at the receiving end of sexual misconduct, they are taught to believe that it is them and not the offenders who are in the wrong.

Read: Bollywood’s #MeToo Moment: From Nana Patekar To Kailash Kher, All The Big Names That Have Been Called Out Since Tanushree Dutta’s Brave Stand!

This heartbreaking phenomenon resonates all through Urooj Zia’s testimony as she recollects the confusion and guilt that she battled as 22-23 year old when Faisal Edhi made repeated inappropriate advances.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update it as and when more information is received.

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