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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 three days.

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 amongst them.

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.

Federal Ombudsperson's 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.

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 be named.

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.

QAU VC 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 penalty.

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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