Sexual harassment: University of Peshawar suspends lecturer

Four others are being investigated on charges of harassing female students.


Manzoor Ali May 18, 2011

PESHAWAR:


The University of Peshawar (UoP) suspended a lecturer following initial investigations into sexual harassment charges leveled by female students, sources said.


They told The Express Tribune that a teacher of the university’s history department, was suspended, while investigations against four other teachers are in progress.

At present, a four-member committee formed by the provincial government and headed by Minister for Social Welfare Sitara Ayaz, as well as another four-member internal committee of the UoP, is probing the matter.

The issue was brought to light by Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) lawmaker Nighat Orakzai on the provincial assembly floor on April 19.

She said that several parents had complained to the vice chancellor about senior teachers and heads of various departments being involved in sexual harassment of female students. The grounds of suspension were not immediately clear, as the committee formed by the provincial government is yet to file its report into the incident.

The other committee, according to a UoP source, was formed on Monday and is being headed by the Dean of the faculty of Social Sciences Dr Sarah Safdar. Ayaz told The Express Tribune that they have prepared a first draft of their report, which will be submitted to the government within the next two to three days.

“We have prepared our first draft and are now looking into the legal issues. The committee has a meeting scheduled for Wednesday in this regard,” Ayaz said.

Sources said that others under scrutiny are senior faculty members of different departments. However, their names have not been disclosed.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2011.

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Truth Speaker | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend I think it is very positive and encouraging that AT LAST some one has raised words against such an issue. It is NOT an issue in Peshawar university, it is happening everywhere in every university!. I don't think any actions will be taken against them but i am glad that at least they have been defamed. The best judgement in this case will be a full fledged rape case against the guilty teacher. The teachers are on "power trip" and the students just for the sake of good marks ,oblige and do things that would otherwise NOT be possible and the teachers getting a very good taste for that but sadly, our education system is very teachers oriented despite what everyone may say. I am talking about this from experience and i am a student of Qurtuba University, yes the very islamic university. However, let me tell you all the teachers are "madda-choth", <- sorry for the strong words. I have personally seen teachers taking footage and making recording of girls in VEILS, how does a veil provokes sexual feelings in someone ? i'd like to ask this question from the commentor who said females wear attractive clothes huh. I guess then, the people in west are better MUSLIMS than us for their females wear bikinis, shorts and yet we don't see so many rape cases as there are happening in Pakistan right now!. The difference is in pakistan, majority of rape cases are NEVER fired, in west its completely opposite, yet their stats shows the cases aren't that many as what one may have expected. If anyone wants urdu translation of what i said, please ask. Meray khyal may humare kom aur especially youth suffer sirf bad teachers ki waja say ho rahi hai. Agar humaray teachers sahi musalman ban jayay tou sawal hi paida nahi hota keh humari youth itne gumrah ho jitni ajkal hai, kyounkay teachers ka sab say zyada impression hota hai. Par idher tou ulta hisab chal rha hai, hamaray teachers Facebook bay larkiyo pay linay martay hai wo hamay kya khaak sahe taleem daingay ?.
Saima Jabben | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend This is 100 % true , my classfellow and roomate were been used so many times by the senoir prof ... she was decieved that she will be selected as a lecturer in the university . so many girls selected as a lecturer becoz of this.......
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