Bahauddin Zakariya University students 'sexual harassment'
Multan, June 14, 2008: A case of alleged sexual harassment in the semester
system has surfaced in the recent clinical psychology examination held at the
Bahauddin Zakariya University, a premier institution in Multan.
female students of clinical psychology's third semester (their names and the
names of the suspected teachers have been withheld as the BZU is yet to hold an
inquiry) were attempting their psychotherapy paper on May 23 when subject
in-charge (a female teacher) summoned them to her office on charges of
The in-charge also summoned another female student of the same
semester as a witness. The girls, however, denied the charges.
The victimised girls said when no cheating material was recovered from
them, they were made to swear on the Holy Quran. Even the swearing did not
satisfy the in-charge and three other female teachers present there.
said afterwards they were forced to take off their clothes. When the girls
protested the humiliation, one of the teachers said: "Had they 'pleased' a
senior male teacher, they would not have met such a fate".
They said they
were allowed to rejoin the examination when only 20 minutes were left. But they
could not further attempt their papers due to mental agony and stress they had
The girls said they contacted the dean of social sciences
department and informed him about the entire episode. They said the dean asked
them and the subject in-charge to submit their versions in writing.
said they visited the office of the dean thrice to submit their application, but
he was not available at his office. According to them, they had the recorded
evidence of the teacher's insulting remarks and maligning their
When contacted, one of the teachers who had grilled the girls
for alleged cheating on May 23 said they had not forced the girls to take off
She said in the past these girls had been involved in
cheating and this time they were caught red-handed. She said they had not
cancelled their papers and allowed them (the students) to participate in the
examination despite the fact that they were found involved in
Answering a question, she said the cheating material was
recovered from the examination hall, and not from the girls.
charge of cheating in the past, the girls said their previous exam results bore
the testimony to the fact that they had never indulged in such a
VC Dr Zafarullah said he had just received a written complaint
and an inquiry would be conducted soon. Dawn
"ya bzu hay hi asi.......... saryteacher ****** hain ****"
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