Yesterday, a video of Bilal Saeed engaged in physical fighting against a man and a woman went viral. Some shamed the performer for assaulting the woman sexually, while some thought he was doing just what women called for when they requested equal treatment, predictably and disappointingly.
As thousands of users posted their two cents on his behaviour, Saeed became a top topic on Pakistani Twitter, after which he took to the micro-blogging platform to share his own.
Every human being has the right to live, regardless of gender, with dignity and freedom. He wrote that I am a believer in peace, but I also believe in setting limits when that peace is consistently violated by another, regardless of gender.
“When a person’s safety and dignity are violated and threatened over and over again, he is unfortunately left with no choice but to respond,” the Baari singer said.
He then fled to Instagram, posting a shameless video of his house to clarify what he said when he said that his protection and reputation had been abused and that his peace had been constantly compromised.
“Violence against anyone, whether male or female, is wrong, but if I am physically and verbally harmed and threatened, it is my right to protect myself and my loved ones,” the Teri Kher Mangdi hit-maker said.
Saeed believed that this vandalism was the fault of the woman and the man he was struggling against, “This is just a glimpse of what I suffered,” he wrote.
Saeed added, “I never spoke about it, dubbing his reaction and the video an instance of self defence.” People should realise that being famous is not a luxury, but often it can also be troublesome. I believe in everyone’s bodily integrity and safety. Abuse against someone, whether male or female, is wrong, but if I am physically and emotionally hurt and insulted, it is my right to defend myself and my loved ones.
Then he said to the fans celebrating his aggressive actions and those calling him out, “I’m not proud to be involved in a physical battle, but I’m just human and it was a reaction to all the torture I’ve suffered.” I am saddened that this part of me had to be exposed by my fans and I do not wish to advocate or encourage violence.