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