Atif Aslam, the Pakistani singing sensation, has won more hearts with his heroic deed of rescuing the two girls from getting harassed in his concert. Well, until now, that is what the world believed in.
At a concert in Karachi, Aslam stopped his show when he spotted two girls being harassed by a boy and went on to lash out the at miscreant. Not stopping at that, he also asked his crew to secure the girls before he continued with mesmerising the audience with his voice.
Well, like every drama in Indian sub-continent, this story has also come up with a twist. The unknown boy who was the villain of the controversy has finally stepped out and shared his side of the story.
The boy, who claims to be a part of the organising team, is a student at ISB and has revealed that it was in fact, him who was the victim. The boy has spoken to a leading Pakistani Daily, commenting:
My job was to ensure that nobody crosses over from the non-VIP section to the VIP section without a valid ticket.
Adding more about the incident he said,
I saw two girls accompanied by a guy crossing over from the non-VIP section and forcing their way to the front row, like a lot of other people were also doing. There was a lot of rush in the front of the stage and these people were continuing to push through. I confronted these people and politely asked them to either show their VIP pass or go back to their own section, which they refused. That is when these girls started getting violent. They started scratching at my neck and face with their long nails, they slapped me on the face, punched me and incited a whole mob against me.
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It was exactly at this point when these girls were scratching at my face violently and the boy who accompanied them was punching my face and kicking me, Atif Aslam saw us.
Instead of trying to understand the real story, Atif Aslam blamed me, the actual victim. Nobody listens to men in our society especially when a woman has said anything against him – it doesn’t matter true or false. When Atif Aslam said ‘rescue these girls,’ everyone thought I was molesting them and a huge mob started beating me up for no reason. I have never been beaten so badly in my entire life, and that too for just doing my job.
Those girls were not the victims, they were vicious, violent and rude. Because of them I have scars on my face and neck that will stay with me forever. I was traumatized and everyone has refused to listen to me or understand my side of the story.
The anonymous boy had bruises and scars from the beating on his body. What was not visible though was how the entire incident scarred his soul for life. The crowd, in not time, started calling him a ‘rapist’ and a ‘molester’ before he could explain his stance.
Many people have questioned the boy as to why he didn’t open up earlier. Well, according to the boy, an enquiry has already been commissioned at ISB which has not yet publicly given any statement. The fact that the boy was, in fact, an organising member and has bruises and scars over his body, provide a lot of weight on his side of the argument.
Women molestation is a serious crime, but, plunging blindly into beating a guy without understanding his side of the story is no less of a crime.