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Ombudsperson takes notice of alleged molestation case at QAU
Islamabad, June 24: The federal ombudsperson has taken notice of the alleged molestation of a female
student of the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) by the controller examination and
ordered the university to provide a preliminary report of the incident within
After the publication of the news story in 'The News,' a
letter (No. 2 (3) FOS/2011-A &G) has been written to QAU Vice Chancellor Dr.
Masoom Yasinzai regarding a student of the QAU who had allegedly been molested
by the controller examination. "The ombudsperson for the Protection Against
Harassment of Women at Workplace Act has taken notice of the news report and she
has called upon to provide relevant information within three days of the receipt
of this communication," stated the letter.
The ombudsperson inquired the
QAU VC about the non-constitution of harassment committee which is required to
deal with all cases as provided under Section 3 of the Protection Against
Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010.
The letter has demanded the
confirmation to the effect that the code of conduct as given in the schedule of
the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010 has been
displayed as its non-compliance is a cognizable offence, as provided in
Sub-Section 3 of Section 11 of the Act.
The ombudsperson further said
that a harassment committee should be constituted in every ministry, department
and division. "Each organisation shall constitute an inquiry committee within
thirty days of the enactment of this act to inquire into complaints in this
Act," said the letter. It further stated that the committee shall consist of
three members of whom at least one member shall be a female. One member shall be
from senior management and one shall be a senior representative of the employees
or a senior employee where there is no CBA. One or more members can be co-opted
from outside the organisation if the organisation is unable to designate three
members from within as described above. A chairperson shall be designated from
The letter further briefed that in case a complaint is made
against one of the members of the inquiry committee that member should be
replaced by another for that particular case. Such member may be from within or
outside the organisation. "In case where no competent authority is designated
the organisation shall within thirty days of the enactment of this Act designate
a competent authority," the letter described.
Adviser Sarfraz Syed confirmed that a letter has
been written to the QAU VC in this regard. "We were literally shocked after
reading the story. Ombudsperson Musarrat Hilali has decided to pursue the case,"
He said that the federal ombudsperson has written letters to all
organisations to constitute a harassment committee and those who have not
constituted the committee so far would be fined. The news
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VC forms committee to probe QAU student molestation case
Islamabad: A 4-member inquiry committee to probe into the alleged molestation of a female student by Quaid-e-Azam
University (QAU) Controller Examinations Sardar Muhammad Babar Khan has been
constituted to present its report by June 24.
According to details, a
female student from Natural Sciences Department of QAU went to the Controller
Examinations' office on June 17 for some paper work. The accused purportedly
locked the door and molested the student. The girl screamed for help while the
accused fled the scene.
According to QAU insiders, it was break time on
Friday and there were lesser staffers around the office when the students
entered the office.
And when passersby heard shrieking from the office
they knocked the door while the controller ran away.
"The controller has
been involved in such nefarious activities and was expelled from Allama Iqbal
Open University (AIOU) for the same reason. He worked as Controller Examinations
at AIOU and joined QAU 4 years back", said a QAU official who requested not to
The official said that this unfortunate incident was allegedly
being hushed up by the university administration.
The parents of the
victim visited the varsity and asked the Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Masoom Yasinzai
to conduct a fair inquiry into the case and remove the controller examination
from his post who is also a threat for the other girls studying in the
university. "We heard that the accused was removed right away after the incident
but he is holding his seat and no suspension has been made. The university
administration should have suspended the culprit as soon as it has received a
complaint against him," the official said.
Dr Masoom Yasinzai said that a committee comprising 4 senior most and non
controversial faculty members including Chemistry Department Chairperson Dr
Saqib Ali, National Institute of Psychology Director Dr Anila Kamal, Campus
Manager Colonel (r) Nadeem Gill and Department of Biochemistry Professor Dr
Wasim has been constituted to investigate the issue.
VC said the
committee would hopfully present its report within a week time (till Friday,
June 24). Asked about the suspension order and current official status of the
accused, VC said he still holds his seat.
"How can we suspend him whn the
case is underway and inquiriy is on. He (Sardar Babar) is holding his current
position and after the inquiry report, QAU administration would cosider any
The culprit if proven guilty would be immediately suspended
while stern action would be taken against him according to the rules and
procedures of the university but so far he is an accused not a proven guilty",
VC maintained. Daily times
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Scholarships awarded to 107 SL students
Islamabad: The government of Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka has awarded SL Rs 2.56 million
educational scholarships on to 107 bright Sri Lankan students of O' and A'
levels under Jinnah Educational Scholarship programme.
The award ceremony
of Jinnah Educational Scholarship 2011 was held at Ananda College Auditorium
with Rauf Hakeem, Minister of Justice as chief guest, in Colombo. Pakistan's
High Commissioner Seema IIlahi Baloch, embassy officials and other dignitaries
attended the ceremony besides a large number of students and their families,
according to a statement issued by the High Commission in Colombo. So far over
800 Sri Lankan students have benefited from these scholarships since 2005.
During past six years, over Rs 20 million worth of scholarships have been
awarded. The news
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