Sex education must be made part of curriculum: experts
Karachi, July 24: With a majority of the victims in rape cases turning out to be minors and the accused culprits in their 20's, civil society members have expressed deep concern over the emerging trend of such incidents.
Rukhsana Siddique, rehabilitation officer of War against Rape (WAR), has called for the introduction of sex education in schools. "The state should pay attention towards the current situation and start programmes to educate the public, especially the youth about this issue. Sex education should immediately be started in schools and the media should also play its role to raise awareness."
She said that the society is drifting from basic morals and family values as the culprits are mostly family members, a relative or an acquaintance.
Suhail Ahmed Abro of the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) corroborated and said, "There was a time when a home was said to be the safest place for a child but not any more. The family institution has disintegrated."
He said that since an acquaintance has easy access to a rape target and considers them as an easy prey; therefore, they are becoming involved in such activities.
"The average age of the victim is between 5 years to 14 years whereas the average age of the culprits ranges from early 20s to 30. Youngsters are raping children in order to vent their frustration, which arises due to rising unemployment, low literacy rate, rising poverty as well as the obscenity being shown on television programmes and in movies." The newsYour Comments
Plagiarism issue: UVAS software accessible to its faculty, students
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz has stressed that ensuring quality, credibility and recognition of research work in veterinary education is crucial to keep pace with the global advancement.
To achieve the target, he said, the software to detect plagiarism has been made accessible to the faculty as well as graduate and postgraduate students.
"The anti-plagiarism software access is playing a pivotal role against the cut and paste culture in academic research," he said.
The vice chancellor was speaking at a ceremony organised to celebrate the institute's success story.
Prof Nawaz said the UVAS was ranked third top university in terms of research in the Punjab capital after the oldest seats of learning, the Government College University and the Punjab University. "The research culture will further flourish at UVAS with open access to the anti-plagiarism software to faculty as well as students," he added.
He acknowledged the varsity faculty members' scholarship and dedication for writing research papers and contributing 101 research papers in peer-reviewed journals indexed by Thomas-Reuters, lSI Web of Knowledge in 2009. Being a professional university, Prof Nawaz said, the UVAS had attained 12th position in the ranking among 82 public- and private-sector universities across the country.
In order to improve academic side, Prof Nawaz stressed that a comprehensive strategy should be devised to monitor attendance, appropriate lecture delivery, quality of question papers and transparent examination system. Then, he said, the UVAS could be able to earn the title of the Best University in South Asia.
Referring to massive financial cut in the grant by the Higher Education Commission and the Punjab government, he stressed that the faculty members should explore public-private partnership avenues to generate income.
Saying that internship is a practical training which must be made mandatory for students in all departments, the vice chancellor lauded Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad for successfully organising DVM final-year student's internship programme 2010.
LLM results: The Punjab University on Friday declared the results of LLM final, annual examination for 2009.
Meanwhile, the PU has announced that the LLB, Part-III, annual examination for 2010 will begin on Aug 11. Dawn
Strike in BISE
Larkana: Clerks observed pen-down strike at the Larkana Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education here on Friday in protest against appointment of Khawar Shaikh as the board's assistant secretary. The news