Islamabad varsity professor who sexually harassed 80 students' sacked

Inquiry against the invigilator begun after a student accused him on social media of groping


Adnan Lodhi September 24, 2018
Inquiry against the invigilator begun after a student accused him on social media of groping. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

LAHORE: The ombudsperson against harassment of women at workplace Kashmala Tariq has ordered the sacking of a college professor accused earlier this year of sexually harassing female students.

The incident surfaced in May at Islamabad's Bahria College when a female student lodged a complaint that her Biology professor Saadat Bashir had groped her twice during a practical exam.

On Monday, the ombudsperson issued directions to remove Bashir from his post after 20 female and three male students confirmed the allegations.

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According to the official statement, "the professor's contract with the varsity is to be terminated, and a fine of Rs200,000 is to be imposed on him." Moreover, the batch's practical examination is also to be retaken.

The order further read, "the biology department's head will be issued a disciplinary warning letter, and Inspector-General police Islamabad must form an investigation team for legal action [against the accused]."

Earlier on May 28, Bashir was sent by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) to invigilate the exam ongoing for three days.

Shortly after, female students accused him of inappropriately touching and passing salacious remarks at them. One of the students had claimed that the examiner had groped almost 80 students and passed sleazy comments to them.

COMMENTS (2)

Non conformist | 3 years ago | Reply Hats off to the Ombudsperson. All wolves in sheep clothing deserve to be named and shamed.
Kaifa | 3 years ago | Reply Excellent, excellent news. The more educational authorities in Pakistan demonstrate irrefutable zero tolerance and strict punishment for sexual or other kinds of harassment by any teacher(s) towards respectable students and/or colleagues, the higher the standard of skill expertise the respective institutions can expect to achieve.
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