Sexual harassment on campus

Published: February 23, 2012

LAHORE: I am disturbed by media reports that some members of staff at the prestigious International Islamic University were allegedly involved in sexual harassing some female students. The university’s acting president has verified these allegations and I would therefore request that the police step in and carry out an inquiry — and if the allegations are true, the culprits be charged under the applicable law.

Any attempt to brush this under the carpet will only lead to more cases of sexual harassment. According to the reports, two employees — one a professor and another working in the library — have been accused and if the charges against them are proven, they should be dismissed from service.

The government passed a sexual harassment law through parliament last year and the Higher Education Commission needs to ensure that it is enforced by all universities.

Ammara Ahmad

Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2012.

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  • Safdar Abbas
    Feb 25, 2012 - 2:06PM

    There must be zero tolerance policy to harassment cases. The sole factor families are reluctant to send their daughters to universities and to allow to do job is the threat of harassment. Government passes bills but fails to implement them. Middle class is blamed for not sending their girls to education institutions, but no one raise the question of security to women in streets, education institutions and work place. Having worked with different organizations directly or indirectly, no organization has a comfortable atmosphere for women.
    If developed nations have a gender equality in literacy and workforce, they first ensure the security to women. But unfortunately, we in pseudo Islamic society fail to prevent rape incident in Police Stations on whom the responsibility of security lies. We do not have any refined system of prosecution for women.
    There was much hue and cry over the amendments in Hudood Ordinance but Mullas are silent over the crime against women across the country. If Islam requires women to be modest, the men are also ordered to keep their gaze in control. But teasing a women has been a popular practice in youth making the daily life of women difficult.


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