LAHORE: Popular Lahore-based theatre artist Soha Ali has accused producer Arshad Chaudhry of sexually assaulting her.
Soha has filed an application to the Lahore CCPO. The actress claimed Arshad had threatened her of dire consequences if she had the temerity to raise the matter. She said he had also threatened to kill her children in the event of such a development.
According to The Express Tribune, despite the submission of application, no complaint has been registered nor has Soha been provided with security. “It’s not just me. Arshad has raped so many girls who approach him for work.”
A police official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the force had been looking into the matter. “This sort of mudslinging is pervasive in Lahore’s theatre community. We will take action after thoroughly probing the case,” the official said.
Lahore’s Alflah Theatre, where Soha remained employed under Chaudhry’s tutelage, has gained notoriety for ‘exploiting’ fresh faces aspiring to make it big in showbiz. “I will not withdraw my application. I will also approach the IGP and the chief minister for justice,” Soha said.
Arshad’s representatives said he had been keeping a low profile after Soha approached the police. The producer remained unavailable for comments despite repeated attempts. His latest production Husn Ko Dekho starring Khusboo is being staged daily at Alfalah.