MIANWALI: According to teachers at the Government high secondary school for girls in Kundian, an administration worker forged and distributed vulgar pictures of dozens of students on the internet and then accessed their personal details to blackmail them.
According to a staff member at the school, the person responsible was the trainer of female teachers at the school who had been deployed by the Kundian Education Department cluster. “He was conducting training workshops for teachers and also had access to all of their record files on our computer in the administration office,” the staff member said.
Education department officials have started an inquiry on a written application submitted by the Anjuman Tahafuz Huqooq Shehrian and traders and others organizations in Kundian. According to the affected students and teachers, Fateh Muhammad had been appointed as a directorate of technical education (DTE) and was in charge of training teachers at the school. The education department has provided computers and other facilities in the cluster centre and also appointed two DTEs a woman and a man to deal with teacher training before the next semester. DTE Muhammad tampered with the administration records and photos of the teachers on duty and pasted obscene pictures of them on the internet. “He called all of us individually, because he got our phone numbers from the records,” said one of the teachers Nadia. “He began to black mail us after telling us to look at the website he had posted,” she said.
The pornographic website allegedly showcases the entire female staff of the girls school. “We have called in an IT expert and he said that it was very easy to doctor and tamper with photographs,” said a school administrator.
The eleven affected teachers have filed charges against the DTE and elicited the support of local traders and organisations in the district to have him arrested. “He is the only one who could have done this because he has access to all our records and sits in the admin room,” said one of the teachers, adding that Muhammad had called all of them up and threatened them. “He asked all of us to meet him and threatened that if we didn’t he would print out the website pictures and humiliate us,” said school teacher Sadia. Members of the Anjuman Tahafuz Huqooq Shehrian and traders and others organizations of Kundian submitted an application to the education department stating “The Daska DTE is challenging the honour of the residents of this area and we are prepared to die for the honour of our mothers and sisters.”
Fateh Muhammad has said that he did not upload any site and that the staff at the college was hatching an elaborate conspiracy against him. “This is an attempt to malign my reputation and have me fired,” he said, adding that he was being targeted because he was a strict teacher and did not tolerate any excuses from the female staff regarding absences.
Teachers at the school have stated that they will pursue the matter with the police.
Names have been changed to protect identity
Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2010.
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