Sexual harassment: University of Peshawar suspends lecturer

Published: May 18, 2011
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Four others are being investigated on charges of harassing female students.

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

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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  • arsalan ghafoor
    May 18, 2011 - 10:22AM

    sexual harassment isn’t even regarded as a crime by our society.We as it is think of women only as sex objects,we can’t think of women as surgeons,pilots,CEO’s,scientists.

    This misogynistic view is reinforced by religion which the maulvis & ulemas continously remind us that a woman’s place is inside the 4 walls where she must be kept trapped her entire life ,her only purpose in life being to cook & clean and produce male waaris for her majazi khuda.The mullahs( including the female versions of the mullahs who can be seen on tv channels & in five star dars parties) tell us how a woman’s sinful body has to be kept hidden from the world at all times,lest their imaan be corrupted.

    instead of beating about the bush,lets talk about the root of the problem.Our society encouraged by religion sees girls only as sex objects not as equal human beings,who are best kept locked up at home under layers upon layers of black cloth.Recommend

  • nasirahmad
    May 18, 2011 - 11:13AM

    this is very bad news. if i was dean of that faculty. i conduct an investigation on that time
    and inform gov’t about it. but unlucklyRecommend

  • qaisera
    May 18, 2011 - 1:11PM

    female harrassement is common and should be stoppedRecommend

  • maitre
    May 18, 2011 - 3:20PM

    It is very bad news on behalf of nation architecturer(teachers).he should be given examplery punishment in order to discourage the recurrence of such shameful act.Recommend

  • Muhammad Junaid Akhter
    May 18, 2011 - 8:36PM

    @arsalan ghafoor Do you know anything about Islam??. you must belong to that stupid stereotype which only blame anything bad over to Islam and Ulema.. have you ever read Quran ??

    This case is about University teacher not related to religion. Where in our religion is written what you said ??? justify what you saidRecommend

  • Pakistani
    May 18, 2011 - 8:52PM

    to protect the professors and deans, they suspended the poor lecturer… if anybody go to UoP and ask anyboyd..a peon or a student that who is the most notorious person in the univ for sexual harrasment and he will tell you the name of that person who is head of a deptt…. i hope this time he is taken to task as well…but i think he is too powerful…Recommend

  • These teachers should be suspended and hanged upside down. An exemplary punishment can prevent other teachers from heading in the same direction. Recommend

  • naveed
    May 19, 2011 - 5:48AM

    @arsalan ghafoor: who have stated in such a way that clearly shows u have been cleanly washed by western media.. my dear country fellow our islamic scholars newer told us just to use women like that r to treat them like u made a sketch but Islam teach us to respect her n keep her in comfort not to send her daily 4 difficult full day jobs nor to show her to the word like a barbie dolls.. i am surprised when ladies work at home n care 4 her kids u ppl call it cruelty to the women but if u ppl send her to work more harder outside her home then it is freedom..??? if she teaches her own kids call it injustice to innocent women but if she teaches outside in a coeducation then u call it freedom modernism.. ??? its really really amazing coz either u ppl dont know meaning of freedom n justice or u think MAAZALLAH Islam is wrong like ur media have put in ur minds.. this was not our aalims say this was what Islam says about women.. if u believe in islam by heart… Recommend

  • Sheheryar Noor
    May 19, 2011 - 6:51AM

    Yeah female harassment is very bad, but why don’t you guys think why it happened?
    Don’t you see how bad clothes do female students wear? which attract men,so i think that’s what will happenRecommend

  • Rafi
    May 19, 2011 - 9:31AM

    @ Pakistani: Can you name that head of the department???? cz through this you can provide info to other students of UoP so that they can protect themselves in advance…… lets bring these kind of people into lime light………Recommend

  • Nasir
    May 19, 2011 - 11:53AM

    How melancholy to learn this that such heinous and shameful acts are practiced in prestigious institute of our country. I think this is only one case which surfaced due to the bold act taken by the victim girl students. There may be such more cases in certain other departments of the university, but the girls student may be reluctant to expose them as they consider it taboo. BRAVO to the girl who surfaced such perverts. And astonishingly the Peshawar University Teacher Association had strongly reacted and denied the charges along with the UoP administration. Ms Orakzai, who is heading the committee to further probe the issue is now receving threats from such elements. It clearly implies that the issue exists.
    Let all these perverts be hanged upside down in the front of their daughters, wifes and sisters.
    how these perverts defamed the profession of our Prophet P.B.U.H.

    Shame! Shame! Shame!… Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 19, 2011 - 12:42PM

    @rafi…. as i told you, ask just anybody in the campus and they will tell you the name of that exact person… for certain reasons, i cannot name him now :( but he holds very powerful portfolios in the univ….

    @shehryar… so you think a 50year old professor with a married life and 2 kids is so weak that to be attracted to girls wearing certain dresses? if yes, then this is a good reason for them to be sacked from the univ as they cannot exercise self control… but believe me it is not about clothes… i heard professors call females students/job.seekers, to their offices for some sort of “interview” and after that they get jobs/admissions…

    one might ask why those females go to offices..but the world is not fair and imagine a female with 6 or 7 siblings to feed and in need of a job…so what are her options? as jobs in KP are reserved for powerfuls…and if you dont have money to pay, you can forget about jobs… so females are compelled to be victims of these wolves or else they can sit in homes and forget about edu and jobs….i just pray and hope this time these wolves are given exemplary punishment…Recommend

  • Maria
    May 19, 2011 - 3:28PM

    kindly don’t mix the roots of a crime with any religion, its a social problem prevalent in societies conservative and progressive.Its a serious crime against the weaker section of society due to their low status and crime friendly legal and social institutions.No tolerance and active resistance to such criminal acts whether small or big can help nip the evil in the bud.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 19, 2011 - 9:40PM

    @arsalan ghafoor: Islam give respect to all womens, even the nonmuslims. Islam forbed female harsment. Your view about Islam and ullama is unrealistics, u must understand Islam and then give some ideas.Recommend

  • anjan
    May 20, 2011 - 3:34AM

    biotechnologyRecommend

  • pukhton zwan
    May 20, 2011 - 6:29PM

    @Rafi:Dr Bashir in biotechnology. Recommend

  • cmd
    May 21, 2011 - 2:06AM

    Bashir Ahmad, Head of Biotechnology department. i know him personally.Recommend

  • Madiha Shah
    May 21, 2011 - 8:25AM

    Dr. Bashir Biotechnology and Dr.Javid Geology DepartmentRecommend

  • Lewanai_ZRA
    May 21, 2011 - 9:24AM

    Bashir, Can you tell us what was the case against the teacher and who the student was? Was the student raped or just molestation.Recommend

  • Dr Ali
    May 21, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Assalam-o-alaikom!

    No excuse can justify the harassment of female students. Even if a femal is seductive or what ever. the students are after all kids. the teacher should behave mature and show some character. (lets not keep it to only female students, don’t forget the city boys high school scandal). This has nothing to do with Islam or interpretation of women rights in Islam. Its only a social problem. If one except Mr ghafoor argument of inferior how will he explain the plight of good looking boys in our society. I am very sure that now a days in our society good looking boys have more problems than girls.
    so lets start uprooting these problems from our society.

    The teachers in Peshawar university involved in such crimes must be punished and made examples . so that in future these acts are not repeated.

    But in doing so let us not defame the whole teaching profession. other good people will be discouraged to come to this profession let these few bad apples do not prevail upon the noble profession. Recommend

  • Dr Ali
    May 21, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Sheheryar Noor!
    what an ignorant argument. how can a dress of girl justify a professor to molest his student. He is not justified molest her even if she comes naked. No religion no law no society in civilized world would encourage some body to rap a girl if she is not wearing a proper dress.

    How many of boys are wearing perfect Islamic dress…Do u think all those boys should also be raped.? Recommend

  • student
    May 21, 2011 - 8:00PM

    And let us not defame the whole university there are a few bad fishes in the pond as every where else..its responsibility of all of us to bring that specific person into the lime light..The whole institution should not be defamed.There are really good teachers too in the same university.Recommend

  • Madiha Shah
    May 21, 2011 - 11:22PM

    *Best University Teacher Award 2009*
    Higher education commission has selected Prof. Dr. Bashir Ahamad; director of the center of Biotechnology and Microbiology for the best university teacher award for the year 2009. Prof. Dr. Bashir Ahamad has published more than 80 international research papers, five of them were published in 2009 and seven more publications are under consideration and review to be published internationally very soon.
    In this occasion; faculty members and students of COBAM extend their hearty congratulations to Prof. Dr. Bashir Ahamad for getting this honor.Recommend

  • student of uop
    May 21, 2011 - 11:37PM

    @student… yes their are good teachers and these good teachers should be punished more severly because they are the ones who are protecting those bad fish and see PUTA is out against the inquiry ..i think VC is also involved… the only thing which can protect students is that everyone should come with rotten tomatoes and eggs and these bad teachers should be punishedRecommend

  • Madiha Shah
    May 21, 2011 - 11:40PM

    University Best Teacher Award
    January 11, 2011

    Its a great Honor for the University of Peshawar that the Best Teacher Awards have been given by the Higher Education Commission to Prof. Dr. Bashir Ahmed, Centre of Biotechnology.Recommend

  • Biotech Student
    May 22, 2011 - 5:27AM

    @Madiha Shah: wat a shame .. this man has been doing these acts for long. I had personally heard stories from his victims Recommend

  • marwat
    May 22, 2011 - 8:18AM

    @Nadiha & Biotech student,,, if Bill Clinton & IMF chief cannot stop them-selves from doing BAD-sexually, how could a ||Bad Character|| Best teacher Award winner!!! this award isn’t for anyone character but for the research and publications in the field,
    punishment should b exemplary. we have a chance to discourage these things happen in future.
    2ndly we must have culture of Character Award for good character professionals.

    Lastly, we must hire teacher having best character, nothing is worse for a nation than its teaching community is un-ethical. bad character teacher should socially b isolated.Recommend

  • Hira
    May 23, 2011 - 6:27AM

    @Biotech Student: I want to clear it to all of you who says that Dr. Bashir is involved, every body knows his contribution for our department. I want to disclose some realities to you people that what is going on.
    All of this propaganda has been started by Dr. Nafees Bacha (Asst. Prof), Mr. Saeedullah Khattak (Lecturer), Abid Ali khan (PhD Schollar). These 3 prosons have started leg pulling in the department as Dr Nafees wants to be the Director of our Centre and the other two are the supporters if anyone of you people wants to confirm what i am saying you can confirm it from the faculty members. I am also a faculty member of the Centre, and student of Dr.Nafees, I wait alot but now i cant stop to disclose all these things according to Dr. Nafees i will get my Mphil Degree within 2 years if I start the activities like Mr. Abid Ali khan but now i dont need such type of degree.
    Our department is just like our home we didnt observe such type of cases here and we know our Director, he has done alot for the University and specially for the Centre and he always treat us like his Daughter then how you people and Dr. Nafees group says that he is involved in sexyal harrasment. We need Dr. Bashir Ahmad for our Centre.Recommend

  • student of uop
    May 23, 2011 - 2:30PM

    @hira…
    plz tell us the confirmed news of whether dr.bashir has been terminated or not? and please tell us your qualification as you said you have not done m.phil so how were you selected as faculty member? and tell us about fardah and natasha as well.and why this saeddullah khatak and nafess bacha are against bashir?didnt he selected these? and what about momin khan?.. i am not criticizing anyone but there are so much propaganda that its difficult to believe what is truth and what is not..hope you can clarify the situation with authenticity…best luck… Recommend

  • Mr. Khan
    May 23, 2011 - 3:55PM

    Hi All,

    The KAARSATANIYA of Dr. Bashir Ahmed has been known to all UoP since he had been the Chairman of Pharmacy department. He has illegal…NAJAYAZ relations with so many girls who are harassed and forced by him and his treachery. But mind it, if I know these facts while I am several 1000s kms away how can VC and other seniors do not know. Everyone knows it. But they all are the same. One thief never likes to catch another for his thefts.

    Is QAUM ka koi haal nahi.

    In subko court chor daigi aur yeh phir se on duty ho jayein ge aur phir se yehi karien ge.

    You all will see.

    Our system is defective.

    da ALLAH pa amaan.Recommend

  • Syed Mubashir Ahmad
    May 24, 2011 - 5:35PM

    I am astonished to see the news of UoP teachers involvement in sexual harassment of female students.

    This type of inhuman acts happen when parents had not given attention to the proper training of a child and only focus on their regular academic education.Only academic education does not make a good human being. Unfortunately in the current age our traditional values are not taught to the children. They are not taught that other women are also like their own sisters and daughters and their respect is equally important. Therefore, there is a blank hole in the minds of many people and their bad looks can be seen on the roads any time.

    In the above case the matter is very serious because the culprit is a teacher. A teacher is a professional who is given respect in every part of the world and if a teacher is found guilty, he should be given double punishment.

    Here I would like to request all female students who were harassed by these teachers to come out and record their evidence with the enquiry committee and do not hide any reality.
    “YOUR courage will help many innocent girls from becoming victims of these in-human beings”.Recommend

  • ABC
    May 24, 2011 - 6:12PM

    Moderator! Are you there in this blog?Recommend

  • Madiha Shah
    May 24, 2011 - 11:17PM

    Dear Hira and Dr. Nafeez Bacha: you both are Respectable teachers in Centre of Biotech. You people know the reality well. If Dr. Bashir is involved in this case, then it is the responsibility of all the teachers of Biotech dept to come on front and tell the reality to the public to give punishment to this person. and if he is not involved then you all teachers combine and give proof of Dr. Bashir innocent. because blame on one teacher is like that blame on the whole Biotech teachers. For GOD sake don’t hide the reality, if you people hide the reality in this case, its means that you are also part of this game.
    But in my mind one question arise always, that why Dr. Bashir select poor characters and less educated girl as permanent teachers in Biotech department, while in my knowledge their is no deficiency of M.Phil and PhD Biotech and Microbiology related person in Pakistan.Recommend

  • cobam student
    May 25, 2011 - 1:40PM

    everthing is falseRecommend

  • student of uop
    May 25, 2011 - 3:19PM

    @madiha…spot on..this is the issue which should be investigated..how the less qualified girls are selected as permanent lecturers? i m sure there is something very wrong with the selection process … and those who support dr.bashir are the ones who are frightened because of their own illegal selection…Recommend

  • Mr. Khan
    May 25, 2011 - 5:45PM

    @student of uop:
    If you see my Long comment then you will know that it was I who said this before Madiha so all the compliments should go to me….hahahahahahahahahaha…….I even gave you one name or at least starting letters of the 1st and 2nd name….easy to spot and her academic career…I know she has 5 papers failed until her 5th Term and now she is a lecturer…don’t talk about Fardah or esle Dr. Ghosia and the Controller Examinations are in trouble also…she quit a full 5th Term exam….why was she allowed to sit in 6th term exam and why was she not kicked out as the rules are if someone fails to clear more than 50% courses in a term is going to be struck off…..Fardah skipped the whole 5th Term….she did not sit in a single paper or practical…..yet she is a member of FDP….sent to UK for PhD in Neuroscience….her life and activites in UK is a different topic but….how come is she offered a position on an invalid degree…….Parde mai rehne do parda na uthao :P
    Don’t ask me about Natasha…..go and ask Dr. Javed the then Dean of Science…he knows her the best….;)
    Take Care
    ByeRecommend

  • Adnan Shahid
    May 25, 2011 - 8:37PM

    @ student of UoP: You r very right. i appeared in one of the tests for lacturer position. I am not saying that i was genious and i failed the test but there were some great teachers of ours like Sir Riaz, Sir Sajid, sir Hamid. and these teacher did not even qualify the test. and an other genious and intelegent teacher sir Saeed just got the passing marks. on the other hand ms Nida, Ms Gul Sahra and Ms Sadia and Sir Sadiq who even cannot define biotechnology or microbiology in its good meaning have toped the test with more thn 80 % marks.
    so how come this happend. it is because these respectable female teacher agreed with bashir for illeagle things and yes remember Sadiq is Bashir PhD student and care taker of sexual affares.Recommend

  • lewanay
    May 26, 2011 - 12:24AM

    Hey do you Know what this Zahid Ali of history department did? Do you know any thing of what he did and with whom he was caught playing sex? Recommend

  • Nasir
    May 26, 2011 - 11:11AM

    handover these perverts to Taliban …they will teach them the ultimate lesson. Recommend

  • Rafi
    May 27, 2011 - 1:02PM

    I am happy that atleast tribune has provided a platform to disclose all these issue that are taking place in UoP. I encourage all to give their openion and disclose the names of all those teachers who are involved in these crimes. I have also seen the criteria of UoP for selecting lecturers…. They make the toughest test so that all the candidates consider themselves “FAILED” and then the chairman or chairperson game starts…… through this they bring in their favourit candidates……My ALLAH bless you AllRecommend

  • lewanay
    May 27, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Is any one aware of the issue with lecturer zahid ali who is suspended? Can some one provide us and share information with us about his activities? who he was involved? Lets disclose the names of those who was involved so that the future of others can be saved from such monsters.Recommend

  • Usman
    May 28, 2011 - 6:36AM

    well it is a shame for the university that such kind of dirty politics is being carried out by the Admin only to divert the attention of the media, students and teachers from the plagiarism issue. I never thought that the admin would come up with such kind of politics. This shows what kind of mentality our administration, especially the VC has, and it shows what kind of background they come from.
    Coming to the accusations of sexual harrassment, i myself studied at University of peshawar for good 4 years and I never came across anything solid. Though I used to hear all such kind of accusations and rumors but never did I or never will anybody come across the truth. These are mere accusations which are just leveled by illiterate people just to defame the professor. Why is it that if a girl student goes to a professors office, the professor is thought of being excercising his powers and harrassing girls, why cannot they be talking about studies or something…? that shows the narrow minded thinking of people all over the university.
    I did come across many accusations about Dr. Bashir and I also witnessed an event which happened in Biotechnology regarding some girl and a lecturer. But did any of you see any evidence or anything after that showing Dr. Bashir guilty….no right..? its all just blame game…
    and as far as Dr. Javed is concerned, i dont think that he is a faculty member of Biotechnology, hes from Geology and I guess people from Geology would be able to judge him much better than the students of Biotechnology. and same goes for Dr.Shafiq of environmental sciences. Ask the dept staff, clerks, peons about their character and all. They’l explain the truth much better.
    And also did you guys ever thought that why only a specific group of Faculty is being targeted. This is because these are the most influential, and respectable faculty of the University. If Dr. Javed had a bad character, he wouldnt have served as Controller Examinations, Registrar, Dean of Sciences and the VC of Peshawar University. If Dr. Shafiq had a bad character he wouldnt had been the Chairman of Environmental Sciences for two consecutive terms, President of PUTA for two terms. This is all just blame game and dirty politics played by the VC and his aides to silent all the opposition faculty and burry the Plagiarism issue against him. Recommend

  • kamikhan
    May 30, 2011 - 8:12PM

    Peshawar cityRecommend

  • Gawhar
    Jun 18, 2011 - 2:41AM

    Reaing the comments of you all, one gets the impression as how badly our educational institutions have been affected by the teachers and admin politics. Wait and let the court decide it. In my opinoin, deciding on this forum as who is wrong and who is not wont be a fair deal.
    Recommend

  • Annoymous
    Jun 18, 2011 - 8:55PM

    Its not only the history department it has been spread to each organ of university. Just because we are students we chosed to study at a goveroment institute .we have to walk over thorns afterall we have to get damn marks otherwise who cares about your future. They are geting their money whether u r here or nOT.IF realy want to stop it,then limited their god like rights which almost make them king without crown. And do listen to student’s problem and make them solve for sure.because its better to Nip the evil in the bud.Recommend

  • anonymous
    Jun 22, 2011 - 3:17PM

    @Usman:I dont know wat side are you trying to defend but I will ask you to read comments posted by female students. If these were just allegations, Dr Bashir would never have resigned out of fear, secondly politics has been part of the Uni adm for long time and students are very used to these as well. Like how can a person with a different background be selected a department head. Similarly people appointing lecturers and those too least capable and one can very clearly see some fishy things happening. All these only destroys our future generations especially in our society where it is very hard for fathers to send their daughters to Uni due to so many constrains and then when you get people like these as department heads who have a history right from their career start till marriage and then to this time, really shocks your nerves. Recommend

  • Saima Jabben
    Jun 24, 2011 - 1:41PM

    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…….Recommend

  • Truth Speaker
    Jul 6, 2011 - 9:43PM

    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 ?.Recommend

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