‘82% of the harassment complaints filed were by female university students against their teachers’

In April 2018, a non-government organization, named Dukhtar Foundation, launched a helpline to file complaints of women harassment at the workplace.

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Female harassment in Pakistan is a common occurrence in universities, as thousands of harassment cases have been reported in universities.

Teachers in the universities’ education system have unlimited authority and use their powers to exploit students, especially female ones.

In April 2018, a non-government organization, named Dukhtar Foundation, launched a helpline to file complaints of women harassment at the workplace.

Statistics revealed by Dukhtar Organization:

Complaints Received  20,741 complaints
Number of Complaints filed by University Students 16,981 charges – 82% of the total
Complaints filed against Lecturers/Professors

 

The Chief Executive officer of Dukhtar Foundation, Humaira Syed, said, “The percentage of the harassment cases in public sector universities is higher as compared to the private sector universities.”

Humaira Syed further stated, “We guarantee the confidentiality of students who file complaints through our helpline and the team constitutes legal experts, journalists, psychologists and social workers.”

Data revealed by the Federal Ombudsman has shown the following Statistics:

Total Number of Complaints Received 1140 complaints
Total Number of Complaints Resolved 1063 complaints

 

Province wise Statistics:

Punjab 500 complaints
Federal 391 complaints
Sindh 132 complaints
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 80 complaints
Baluchistan 32 complaints

 

An official of the Federal Ombudsman office has said that due to continuous awareness sessions, the harassment cases reported in 2019 doubled as compared to 2018, and a large number of them were from educational institutes.

The Vice-Chancellor at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Prof. Dr. Samina Amin Qadir, said, “The Pakistan Citizen Portal (mobile application launched by the Prime Minister to address the public issues), is the best option for the students to report such cases.”

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