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.
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