Sexual harassment: Police hunt the accused
Islamabad, Oct 29: Police are hunting the three students of the College of Medical Technology (CMT) who fled after molesting a colleague, while his friends continued protesting the incident on Thursday.
Sources in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), which runs the college, said the alleged molesters were natives of Waziristan and Malakand and identified them by their initials as HU, FU and ZA - and their victim as AH.
AH, a first year student, accuses the warden of the college's hostel of playing dirty with him. "Since joining the college three months ago, I was sharing a room with my classmates. But suddenly the warden shifted me to the room of the culprits on Oct 21," he said. Asked why, he said: "He must have done that at the behest of HU and FU."
It was the next day, he said, that ZA led him to their Room 2126 where HU and FU forcibly disrobed him and sexually harassed him while ZA made a video of the humiliation using his mobile phone camera. "Later they started blackmailing me, using the video. I then reported the incident to the college administration and to the police," he said.
When other students learnt of his ordeal they came out protesting which forced the CMT and Pims authorities to suspend the two main accused on Wednesday.
But that did not satisfy the agitated students who boycotted classes for the second day on Thursday and staged a noisy protest outside Pims' emergency ward. They demanded negotiations with the heads of the two institutions.
Instead, the authorities called in police which enraged the students further. They blocked access to the Pims emergency out-patients departments by burning tyres on the Ibn-e-Sina Road. However the police did not confront the protesting students and just encircled them.
Later the heads of Pims and CMT sent their deputies to calm down the protesting students with the assurance that their concerns would be addressed.
Meanwhile, the Margalla police have registered a case under PPC 377 (unnatural offences) against the three accused who are absconding. The charge carries the maximum punishment of imprisonment for life or minimum two years with fine.
But the hitch in the case would be that while in his report to police AH accused his tormentors of "sexually abusing" him, he told the doctors he was taken to by police for a check up that he was "sexually harassed" and refused to submit to medical procedure for establishing "sexual abuse". DawnYour Comments
Police register case against 'big bullies'
Islamabad: Although police have registered a case against the 'big bullies' allegedly involved in sexually abusing a fifteen-year-old student of the College of Medical Technology (CMT) and the warden of the hostel accused of facilitating the accused in the crime on the premises of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), but the hospital administration tried to hush up the matter by showing the medico-legal report as normal to weaken the case.
The college hostel warden was suspended and a case has been registered against the 'big bullies' who allegedly molested their roommate and made a video of him in nude due to the protest demonstration by charged students of the College of Medical Technology at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here on Thursday morning.
PIMS Joint Executive Director Dr. Jahanzeb Khan, when contacted, confirmed the suspension of the hostel warden. He told this scribe that Dr. Masood Anwar has been appointed the new warden of the hostel. He said that action was taken against the warden after getting report from the fact-finding inquiry committee. "Now a full-fledged inquiry committee has been constituted to ascertain the facts and it will submit its report in four to five days," he added. The protesting students, however, alleged that the new committee has been constituted to save the skin of the suspended warden, Niaz Ali.
When asked about the possible legal action against the suspended warden, he said, strict legal and departmental action would be initiated against him, if his involvement in the incident was proved in the findings of the inquiry committee.
Ali Hasnain, 15, a student of the Operation Theatre (OT) Technician Course, was residing in the college hostel. His two roommates allegedly molested him last Thursday, but he did not report the matter out of shame and due to threats hurled by the culprits and instead went to his home in Dera Ghazi Khan.
The alleged victim reported the matter to the college administration on Tuesday, but they were reluctant to take any action against the culprits. The matter was brought into the notice of the PIMS authorities on Wednesday, but they too failed to take any action despite giving assurance to the demonstrating students that the matter would be resolved by Wednesday evening.
A large number of students of the college continued their protest demonstration on Thursday against the college administration and the PIMS executive director for not taking action against the culprits, who had been accused of molesting Ali Hasnain. The charged students burnt tyres on Ibne Sina Road in front of the main PIMS gate. They also blocked the entry of patients to the hospital.
"We believe that the shameful incident took place at the behest of hostel warden, so he must be suspended. On Wednesday, the PIMS executive had assured us that the matter would be resolved by the evening, but nothing was done. Now we are left with no option except for protesting against the college administration and the PIMS executive director," said one of the protesters.
The students chanted vociferous slogans against warden Niaz Ali, and demanded his suspension. The Margalla Police also reached the spot and tried to disperse students, but they did not succeed, as students continued their protest in front of the PIMS Emergency Ward till their demand for the suspension of the warden was ultimately met.
Ali Hasnain, the alleged victim, lodged an FIR with the Margalla Police on Thursday, in which he said: "The warden of the college, Niaz Ali, shifted me from Room No. 2115 to 2126 where students of second year were living on October 20 against my will. I was sleeping on Thursday night when Faheem switched off my cell phone and started teasing me. After a while, Habibullah entered the room and switched off the light after locking the room. They gagged me and stripped me naked. They molested me and Habibullah made a video of me in nude. They threatened me that if I told anyone about the incident, they would upload my nude movie on the internet."
Ali Hasnain said that warden Niaz Ali was also a teacher in the college. If legal action was not taken against him, it would become difficult for him to take classes. "He must be terminated from service for his involvement in the disgraceful incident," he demanded.
Meanwhile, the Margalla Police dispatched a team to arrest the culprits, as they had fled to their hometowns after the matter came to light on Wednesday. Police said their first priority would be to recover the video camera from the culprits to prevent them from uploading it on internet.
When asked, Senior Superintendent of Police (Islamabad) Tahir Alam said investigation was underway after filing of an FIR by the alleged victim. Police will arrest warden Niaz Ali after completion of investigation while the hunt is on for the alleged culprits. The news
Spelling Bee: Asra of Kids University is national champion
Islamabad: Baroque spelled success for Asra Ahmed from the Kids University Karachi who was crowned national champion of the 6th Dawn in Education National Spelling Bee Competition 2010 held in collaboration with the US embassy.
Asra Ahmed beamed on the stage holding a big silver trophy before the applauding spectators - students and teachers, friends and family.
In the 15 to 17 age category, Asra dodged the perils of words such as "saccharine", made it around the curly bend of "banasic" and stung her competitions to victory with the word "baroque".
It was as easy as spelling ABC for Asra who had been a topper since 1st grade, a poet and an editor of her school magazine.
"I knew all the words," said Asma who was planning to return next year.Zuhair Murad from the Atchison College, Lahore, remained the runner up.
"Orchidaceous" landed the first-year A-level student into trouble. "It was a great experience as always that is why I keep returning.
And it was the first time in the nationals for Fatima Arif Babaney of Mama Parsi Girls School, Karachi. Fatima landed in third place when she misspelled "burnoose".
In the 12 to 14 age category, Taimoor Ahmed Mian from Karachi Grammar School was declared the national champion.
Second and third places went to Rimsha Siddiqui from Lahore Grammar School and Farah Ahmed of EMS High School, Islamabad.
Sialkot Grammar School's Aila Noor was declared the national champion in the 9 to 12 age category.
Ayesham Waqar from Lahore Grammar School came in second place and Momina Imtiaq Bahria College, Islamabad, was the second runner up.
The competition turned exciting when the winners of the 15 to 17 age group took on competition from the audience.
US Mission's Cultural Attaché Brent Beemer shared his pride to partner with Dawn to make the competition a success.
"This is the true face of the future of Pakistan," Brent Beemer said, appreciating how students demonstrated intense expressions and determination.
Nearly two dozen schools from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Khariyan and Gujrat came head to head in the competition. Dawn
LHC bars FDE from making recruitments
Islamabad: The Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench, has barred the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) from making final appointments until the next hearing of the petition filed against the process of recruitment of Matric Trained Teachers (MTT) in BPS-9.
According to the copy of the order sheet, Judge Rashid Sheikh said that the FDE may continue the process of recruitment, however, no final appointments should be made till the next hearing. The court asked the FDE to submit their comments within 15 days.
The petitioner, Raja Mohammad Khan, alleged that the recruitment in question is to be made as per the criteria laid down in the posts advertised in a daily on October 13, 2010. The petitioner believed that the advertisement for walk-in interview without written tests were illegal.
"The process of recruitment of BPS-9 teachers, which has been announced by the FDE, militates against Rule 12 of the Civil Servants (appointments, promotion and transfer) Rules 1973," said the petition.
According to information, the FDE advertised 226 posts in newspapers for Matric Trained Teachers (BPS-9) with Secondary School Certificate and PTC qualification and Trained Undergraduate Teachers (BPS-14) with the qualification of FA-FSc and CT. It is learnt that the ministry has also forwarded a summary to the prime minister for approval, proposing that the grade 9 and 14 should be abolished and appointments should be made from grade 16 in all schools and colleges with the qualification of BA-BSc and BEd, but contrary to this policy the directorate is again going to recruit teachers in the grades, which are supposed to be phased out gradually.
Moreover, according to the National Education Policy no recruitment would be made in grades below 16 including 9 and 14 and educational qualification required for that would be BA-BSc with BEd. However, sudden announcement of the MTT teachers when there is no emergency, raised objection and many FDE employees alleged that such an announcement has been made to "accommodate" special ones.
FDE Director General Shaheen Khan dismissed the allegation that any vacancy has been announced against rules. "Whatever has been done is according to rules and regulations and we will mention those rules in the comments to be submitted in the LHC," she added. The news
FUDC'10 starts from Oct 29
Islamabad: Khushhalibank and FAST National University, have provided 40 teams of students from all over the country with the platform to demonstrate their debating skills at the FAST University Debating Championship (FUDC'10).
The FUDC'10 will be held from October 29 to 31 and is based on the British Parliamentary Style of Debating. While debating will be the primary focus of the event, social events like concerts and a formal dinner will allow the participants to have laid back evenings after healthy debating rounds, said a press release issued here on Thursday.
Khushhalibank has supported various initiatives in the past through which its dedication to identify and nurture future leaders has been witnessed time and again. The most prominent illustration of this can be seen through the scholarships Khushhalibank has offered to students in all leading universities of the country. Through such sponsorships, Khushhalibank reinforces this commitment, with the promise to support such educational and personality building forums.
"We are proud to be a part of such an initiative which allows us to encourage and recognize the untapped potential of our youth as we have done so in the past through our scholarship program", Ghalib Nishtar, President Khushhalibank said.
The three day event will include scintillating debates between teams from all over Pakistan over various issues. The event will include workshops for the first-timers and debating sessions being judged by expert adjudicators.
Dr. Aftab Mahroof, Director, Fast University said "Fast Universities Debating Championships in the previous years have proven that Pakistani students are not only articulate but also-capable of leading our country towards a bright future. FAST is proud to promote such talented students on a platform. We would like to thank Khushhalibank for promoting this great cause of nurturing our future" he added "Providing them with this platform is our way of showing that the University values excellence in extracurricular activities as well as academics with commitment to encourage the participants to develop skills which will go a long way in building our country."
The previous Fast Universities Debating Championships have been extremely successful over the years and this new partnership forged between Khushhalibank and FAST is the first step towards working together in the future for identifying and elevating such talent. app
Islamic Society office-bearers of FG Margalla College take oath
Islamabad: The oath-taking ceremony of the Islamic Society was held at the Federal Government Margalla College for Women, F-7/4, on Thursday.
The chief guest on the occasion was Dawa Academy Director General Professor Sajid-ur-Rehman. The ceremony started with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur'aan and 'Naat'.
The chief guest distributed certificates of appreciation among the members of the outgoing Islamic Society. In the second phase, the newly elected society members took oath and presented with student council badges.
Addressing the ceremony, Professor Sajid-urRehman said that at present Pakistan was facing numerous problems like poverty, unemployment, low literacy rate and terrorism and these challenges could only be tackled by seeking guidance from the Holy Qur'aan and 'Sunnah'. The newsYour Comments
QAU to hold family festival, job fair
Islamabad: Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association (QAUAA) is organising 'Quaidian Family Festival and Job Fair 2010' on Friday (Today) at Football Ground of QAU. The alumni members across Pakistan will participate in the event with their families.
This festival is a joint collaboration effort of Quaidian Intellectual Forum (QIF) and QAUAA. This festival will be the first of its kind as fund-raising event for students of flood-affected regions of Pakistan within campus. Daily times
Students display works at college exhibition
Rawalpindi: The young students of Federal Government College for Women, Kashmir Road, on Thursday exhibited colourful works at the college's annual exhibition.
The pick of the event was the artistic works by the students of Fine Arts and Home Economics departments. Young artists displayed their works in designing, drawing, calligraphy, portraits, tiles, textiles, cards, posters, fabric paintings, pencil work, and figure compositions. The students employed different mediums, including oil, pastel, water colours, in still life and landscapes.
The Department of Computer Sciences students displayed software projects on population census system, examination system, and dry port system.
The students of Biology Department made models of cohesion water theory, transportation in animals, lifecycle of virus, HIV infection cycle, diaphragm movement, plant cell, coral reefs, deforestation, and digestive system.
The eye catching corner of the exhibition was adorned by the Department of Home Economics with embroidered kitchen sets, trolley sets, stenciling cards, baby sets, weaving, and cushions in patchwork.
Brigadier Raheel Ashraf, director Federal Government Education Institutions, Cantonments and Garrisons, said education was not limited to textbooks only.
He said it was a holistic process, including skills of critical analysis, problem solving, moral reasoning and ethics. Dawn