LAHORE: A large number of female students of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) protested against their male class fellows who published posts with derogatory and sexist remarks on social networking sites.
The female students staged a sit-in in front of the university’s Office of Students Affairs.
Meanwhile, LUMS administration removed the posts against female students from the websites. According to university sources, an inquiry committee has also been set up to deal with the issue.
“Our families were also disturbed after seeing those posts. Therefore, we protested,” said a female student."
"We demand an action against the male students. Administration assured that they remove the posts. However, we demand an explanation from the boys involved in the incident,” said another student. She added that they would protest outside LUMS if administration did not expel them from the university.
Meanwhile, LUMS also published their stance over the issues on their official website.
"LUMS is an institution that cherishes diversity among its student body. We provide an environment where students are encouraged to freely exchange ideas and debate and discuss issues important to them, among themselves and with various stakeholders. In this spirit, a group of students along with members of FemSoc (Feminist Society at LUMS) approached the Dean, Office of Student Affairs, regarding a social media page where some students belonging to LUMS were sharing offensive, sexist memes.
The students and the dean had a detailed conversation and agreed that this is an unfortunate episode. However, it can actually help open doors to further the conversation on mutual respect and sensitise the community at large on gender issues. LUMS is proud of its thoughtful students and encourages collective action on such issues. We hope that this event will help further the culture of respect on our campus," said official statement of LUMS.
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