Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar on Wednesday requested authorities to submit a report concerning the harassment of scholars in a personal college in Lahore.
The chief minister directed CCPO Lahore to hold out an neutral inquiry into the incident, including that harassment of scholars won’t be tolerated at any value.
“Action against the accused should be taken in accordance with the law,” mentioned CM Buzdar. He added that the affected college students will probably be supplied justice at any value.
On Tuesday, 4 staff of a personal college in Lahore, together with a trainer, have been sacked by the administration after they have been discovered responsible by the varsity of sexually harassing feminine college students.
Numerous college students mentioned that they have been being harassed since 2016 however had determined to report the incidents to the administration after it grew to become insufferable.
According to the varsity administration, the 4 individuals in opposition to whom the grievance was lodged embody a chemistry trainer, an administrative officer, an accountant and a janitor.
Administration Officer Aitzaz, Accountant Omar, a chowkidar named Shehzad and chemistry trainer Zahid Warraich have been accused of harassment by feminine college students, a few of whom had left college just a few years in the past and others who have been nonetheless finding out there.
Students mentioned that that they had lodged numerous sexual harassment complaints over time in opposition to the accused however no motion had been taken by the administration. Hence a few of them have been compelled to go away the varsity and search admission in others.
The administration mentioned that after receiving proof in opposition to the accused, which included movies, pictures and indecent messages despatched by them to college students, all 4 individuals concerned have been proven the door.
The college students revealed that the chemistry trainer, Warraich, used to harass them by staring and attempting to the touch them inappropriately. They additionally mentioned that he tried to take a seat with them in a fashion that made it very uncomfortable for the scholars to review.
They additionally spoke of a feminine trainer within the college who advised them about how she was additionally a sufferer of harassment by one of many workers members on the institute however as a substitute of taking motion in opposition to the harassers, she advised the scholars to stay silent.
On the opposite hand, the police mentioned that they haven’t obtained any request from the varsity administration to take motion in opposition to the 4 accused within the case.
Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari has additionally taken discover of the incident and mentioned that Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) helpline 1099 is obtainable for such complaints and for assist of the victims.
“Have taken note of serious harassment allegations of young girls and women at educational institutions – most recently at two premier private institutions in Lahore. MOHR helpline 1099 is available for complaints & for help. Our regional offices have been alerted on this issue,” Mazari wrote on Twitter.
Three-member committee shaped to submit fact-finding report
In pursuance of the grievance lodged in opposition to the incident, the District Education Authority has additionally shaped a three-member committee comprising educationists and authorities officers to probe the incident.
The authority has directed the committee to submit the findings together with “clear cut recommendations” inside three days to determine the long run plan of action concerning the reported incident.