"Understand the concept of personal space."
Pakistani actress and TV host Anoushey Ashraf took to Twitter to call out a colleague who had invaded her personal space.
She revealed that the person held her by the waist to take pictures and referred to her as “babe”.
Anoushey admitted that she did not take too kindly to the colleague’s behaviour.
In a tweet, she wrote: “Just because we worked well on a project together doesn’t mean I’m now ‘babe’ and you can hold me by the waist to take selfies at events.
“We’re colleagues, NOT friends. Know the difference.
“Understand the concept of personal space.”
Just because we worked well on a project together doesn’t mean I’m now ‘babe’ and you can hold me by the waist to take selfies at events. We’re colleagues, NOT friends. Know the difference. Understand the concept of personal space. #rant
— Anoushey Ashraf (@Anoushey_a) November 29, 2021
Her tweet attracted a lot of social media attention, however, there were mixed responses.
Some people supported her for calling the person out.
One wrote: “Hope you told him off.”
But others began blaming her.
One person said: “If you have such a problem then don’t work. If you want to live in a liberal society then deal with its side effects.”
Anoushey replied: “Wow. Personal space ka pata hai apko? Do you even know about personal space?
“It’s called giving people respect, irrespective of their profession, work and friendships.
“It’s like preaching to kids in grade two. Oh sorry, even they know better than some of you men!”
Another person asked why she did not call out the person at the time.
Anoushey said: “It was a massive event and I didn’t want to create a ruckus.
“But I’m just putting it out there for people to understand the difference in the future.”
Other users shared a picture of Anoushey with two male colleagues, pointing out that is invading “personal space” by putting her arm around one of them.
Then you are crossing someone personal space. ? pic.twitter.com/jKjOwdyQW8
— Ali Afzal ?? (@Ali_Raza5564) November 29, 2021
Actress Ushna Shah weighed in and she believes she knows who the colleague is.
She tweeted: “I have a feeling I know exactly who triggered this rant.”
Anoushey Ashraf previously stated that her “privilege” allows her to stand up for herself, making her less prone to exploitation in the industry.
She had said: “We’re less vulnerable [to abuse].
“However, women around us, who came from relatively less privileged households, were regularly molested, propositioned, given lesser money and odd jobs.
“But when you’re not affected by a problem, you’re a part of the problem.
“So when you see oppression and have with yourself a space to condemn it but don’t, you’re in the wrong.”