I agree my words were poorly chosen in a time of heated emotion: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Published: October 31, 2017
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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was recently heavily criticised by fellow social media users as a doctor from AKUH was fired after the Emmy winner posted a series of tweets regarding how he ‘harassed’ her sister.

Obaid-Chinoy disapproved when the doctor sent her sister a friend request on Facebook after her sister went to the hospital emergency.

The film-maker received flak after she called out the doctor for harassing her sister, which sparked a debate among people, whether sending a friend request is considered harassment or not.

Celebrities like Hamza Ali Abbasi came forward to disapprove of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s drastic claims.

Some called Obaid-Chinoy an influenced personality, who over-used her power to destroy a career of a potential individual.

Now, Obaid-Chinoy has given her stance on the matter, and wrote, “The conversation has unfortunately steered far from the safety of women, unchecked unethical practices and harassment. Some of the words I used have disappointed people and I agree they were poorly chosen in a time of heated emotion.”

She further added, “My tweet about the wrong women in the wrong family was not meant to suggest a sense of privilege or power, what I meant to say was that the women in my family are strong and stand up for themselves and always have.”

AKUH doctor ‘sacked’ over sending FB friend request to Sharmeen Obaid’s sister

“You may disagree with the manner in which I called the doctor’s behaviour, debate the boundaries of social media with medical profession and my form and tone of expression, but ultimately, what happened was a breach of trust and severe lack of a professional code of conduct that led to a woman feeling violated or harassed. And on that I will not stay silent,” she concluded.

The AKUH administration, however, neither confirmed nor denied the development.

“The AKUH always maintains the highest standards of confidentiality and will not release any information on either employees or patients,” the spokesperson told The Express Tribune.

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  • Khalid Javaid
    Oct 31, 2017 - 12:21PM

    This lady has been a source of repeated “harassment” for the entire Pakistani Nation by highlighting the darker sides of the Pakistani society to win global applause & awards for herself. Recommend

  • yousaf
    Oct 31, 2017 - 12:21PM

    It is not just a proverb,it is a fact that Silence is Golden!Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 31, 2017 - 2:32PM

    She might be a good film director but definitely seems to be a pathetic person.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Oct 31, 2017 - 3:21PM

    It’s just random words for damage control. She doesn’t mean an inch of what she wrote. Her past actions prove it.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Oct 31, 2017 - 3:43PM

    The words may have been poorly chosen but the intentions were crystal clear. She is no better than our politicians who let power and influence go to their heads.Recommend

  • azhar
    Oct 31, 2017 - 3:45PM

    I always stayed away from this social media stupidities any how in this case I want to ask some questions,
    1.why shrmeen obaid type people gets awards for posting negative image of Pakistan, are two documentaries which are not so extraordinary make her so special?
    1. In which moral and ethical background FN freind request is Harssment ? I just dont accept its worth discussing ?
    2. can this be proven as Harassment in any platform moral ethical or legal ?
    3. The such a modern family thinks FB friend request is harassment ? Realy ?Recommend

  • Asad
    Oct 31, 2017 - 3:45PM

    We cannot make our decision if we are not told what the doctor examined.Recommend

  • tak
    Oct 31, 2017 - 4:04PM

    shame on you sharmeen obaid. your families name in panama papers. give us explanations on evading taxes. the rape you are doing by evading taxes and increasing poverty. here you got the doctor sacked just because he sent a facebook request. imagine the agony he would be going through for only sending a face book request. shame on you. Recommend

  • Arslan
    Oct 31, 2017 - 5:25PM

    Sharmeen is behaving like a typical VIP of Pakistan by being overly sensitive. While the doctor’s request may rise to the level of unethical, it is a stretch to call it harassment. She of all people should know that words matter and what could have been easily addressed by firmly declining the request turned into a public shaming.Recommend

  • Khan Abdulqayyum
    Oct 31, 2017 - 5:46PM

    Socialite Jemima Goldsmith was bombarded with more than 1,000 phone calls and messages from a Pakistan-origin cab driver Mahhmood, after she posed for a ‘selfie’ with him, the Isle-worth Crown Court in UK has heard. Mahhmood then began a year-long campaign of harassment, using 18 different mobile phones to send 203 text messages, make 1,182 phone calls and send “loads of” Whats App messages.This is harassment. How sending a request for friendship can be categorized as harassment? A simple request, not an insistent request. Want to win another Oscar by defaming own country fellow!Recommend

  • Awais
    Oct 31, 2017 - 7:09PM

    Would such an apology would be acceptable from Doc side, as in “I am sorry for my action I never meant to harass”Recommend

  • tuq
    Oct 31, 2017 - 7:21PM

    What she owes is a straight out apology to all those Pakistani women who have really been harassed!!Recommend

  • ik
    Oct 31, 2017 - 8:46PM

    Sharmeen should apologize to the Doctor….. periodRecommend

  • MASOOM
    Oct 31, 2017 - 8:53PM

    No comment , that may be taken by her as harassment!Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Oct 31, 2017 - 11:23PM

    I want her to make a movie about acid attack victims in UK. There were more acid attacks in UK in the last two years than in Pakistan in the last 15.
    Or she can make a movie about organized child sex slavery in US where thousands of barely teenage girls, primarily from South America and some from Eastern Europe are bought and sold in big cities in USA.

    Her choice…. make a movie addressing the above issues if she really cares about plight of women. Recommend

  • KKash
    Nov 1, 2017 - 11:43AM

    Lesson learned from this saga is that social media should be used to discuss social issues ! Recommend

  • Farhan
    Nov 2, 2017 - 6:22PM

    She accepted her mistake of using wrong words, and this is commendable.

    But her point was valid. Now those who (mostly men) ran a hateful campaign against her should also apologise. Will they?Recommend

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