On Saturday night, Fatima Sohail accused husband Mohsin Abbas Haider of domestic violence. Sharing a post on her Facebook page, she alleged that the incident(s) of violence had started last November, after she caught the NMA actor cheating with another woman. Sohail had been pregnant at the time of the first incident, and claimed that she had had to visit a doctor after the violent episode to ensure that her baby’s health.
The couple was blessed with a beautiful baby boy in May 2019, but according to Sohail, Haider only showed up two days later as a publicity stunt. He never took responsibility for the child. Sohail further claimed that Haider’s social media posts where the latter publicly talked about his struggle with depression, after the death of their first child in , were fake. When she went to his house a last Wednesday (17-July-2019), Haider physically attacked her. She also shared a picture of the FIR she registered against her husband, ending her social media post with the words, “See you in court.”
Haider said in a statement to a celebrity website, “I’ll definitely come out with my truth. I’m happy she did this. I was waiting for this for so long. I’ll open up now with the truth in front of the public, along with proofs. I will tell the world what happened in our relationship for three years. But I’m happy this toxic relationship will leave her and me soon,” adding that he will be addressing an official press conference on the matter soon.
The news shook the glamour industry of Pakistan, and many celebrities took to social media to voice their support for Sohail.
Sick to my stomach. What gives anybody the right to raise their hand on anyone? Nothing. No excuse.
For eons now we have normalised abuse (of all kinds) and for the sake of our children this needs to stop.
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) July 21, 2019
You know all the fame you get, all the hard work you put into your work, that body you keep working on, those sleepless nights of shooting and working hard don’t pay off when you’re a piece of shit! #TimesUp pic.twitter.com/phRxQpPnYg
— Hania Aamir (@realhaniahehe) July 20, 2019
We, as a society, need to cancel & boycott all these toxic beings. Do not give them any publicity at all in any circumstances. No more proofs needed, no more ‘wait for his side of the story’. Because domestic violence is NOT okay in response of ANY action. #TimesUp 2/2 — Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) July 21, 2019
Real men don’t hit or disrespect women .. the ones that do are not one of us ..they should be treated as criminals and given the same treatment by the law..
— Shaan Shahid (@mshaanshahid) July 21, 2019
Growing up I remember, once my father got really upset when he saw my mother crying. Upon inquiring, he found out that one of our neighbor used to beat his wife. He went up to his house the same day and put him in his place. The guy was a wuss. #MohsinAbbasHaider shame on you!
— Haroon Shahid (@HaroonsMusic) July 21, 2019
With even some celebrities coming out with proof in support of Sohail’s allegations.
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#JustIn: After the news about #MohsinAbbasHaider being a domestic abuser broke last night, actress #DuaMalik has now come forward claiming to be a witness to the situation in the past where Mohsin had beaten his wife! Shocking! @duamalik #pakcelebritiesnews
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The injustice that took place with #FatimaSohail, I was a second hand witness to it in 2018 when my friend took #Fatima to the hospital after she had been beaten up by #MohsinAbbasHaider Through her I got to know the whole Story. Fatima is like a sister to me (1/3) — Mirza Gohar Rasheed (@GoharRsd) July 21, 2019
Everyone I speak to is shocked. No one knew about #MohsinAbbasHaider’s behavior. Everyone of them feels ashamed and cheated and scared that they could never figure out what was really going on. The sickening feeling is widespread. — Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) July 21, 2019
It also started a conversation on Domestic Violence and Abuse – with many celebrities sharing toll-free numbers of organizations for their followers.
The government backed Sindh Legal Advisory Centre gives free legal advice in over 500 towns, cities and villages of Sindh. Their toll free number is 0800-70806 — Assad Zulfiqar Khan (@pseudorebel) July 21, 2019
Even some politicians joined in the conversation, voicing their support for Sohail’s bravery in publicly speaking out.
Fatima like so many others,needs help. Am available in Islamabad at any point to meet and take this up. Many legislators feel very strongly about abuse and domestic violence. We worked for years on the lawmaking against it. Please feel free to DM me to coordinate any response https://t.co/RboiOwaxiX
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) July 21, 2019