Fully covered in Hijab, who are these women protesting against sexual harassment in Peshawar?
They have vowed to expose the harassers.
Recently, the students of Islamia College University held a rally against harassment in their university. This protest aimed to bring the authorities’ attention to issues like harassment on campus, so immediate action is taken to stop this evil.
The groups of young students gathered at The Ahmad Faraz Block of the institute and marched towards the Vice-Chancellor’s office led by Jabir Khan of The Law Department Islamian Fraternity. During the rally, many students narrated how faculty members and fellow male students have harassed them.
Today students of #IslamiaCollege have arranged a walk against harassment in their University. After amendment in 2010 to Article #509 of PPC #harassment in public/working space is legally proscribed & the offender can be punished up to 3 years imprisonment or fined Rs 500,000 pic.twitter.com/zYAAfqWjL6
— Sanna Ejaz(سیاله) (@sanaejaz2) November 11, 2020
Talking to a media outlet, a student explained the harassment and said:
My male peers pass inappropriate comments and block my way on the campus. On the other hand, my teachers harass students under the pretexts of checking during examination papers and research projects.
The students who participated in the protest stated:
We will try our level best to expose the people involved in harassing students. We will work for scaling up awareness against the practice and enabling the girl students to continue their studies.
This is a very serious issue. Female students of the historic Islamia College University Peshawar, joined by male students, protest against harassment in university (and other universities) by teachers, staff in the name of marks and position. Chancellor, govt, VCs must stop it. pic.twitter.com/POZBtKRBHM
— Jerry (@kyarakhoon) November 12, 2020
Many students highlighted that the increasing incidents of harassment on the campus willed the institute’s authorities to form an anti-harassment committee. However, according to the students, action taken against complaints by this body was ineffective.
Matters escalated to a protest when the institute failed to address the students’ harassment complaints adequately. The victims of harassment initiated the protest and demanded that a focal and responsible person be appointed to lead the committee and take effective action.
Students of other universities also participated in the protest. These young people aim to continue their campaign with seminars and walks until a reliable anti-harassment committee is formed according to the law.
Today female students protested against teachers harassment at the very famous Islamia College, #Peshawar.
I consider this a new paradigm in Pashtun society, because this is the very first time that female stood for own-self in education institutions. pic.twitter.com/3Bf0inT7nG
— Shafeeq Gigyani (𐨭𐨥𐨅 𐨒𐨁𐨒𐨩𐨣𐨁) (@ShafeeqGigyani) November 11, 2020
It is pertinent to mention that HEC’s ‘Policy Guidelines Against Sexual Harassment in Institutes of Higher Learning’ states that institutes must form three anti-harassment committees on campus in compliance with the ‘Protection Against Harassment of Women in the Workplace Act 2010 ‘. However, Islamia College University Peshawar is not listed among HEC recognized campuses.
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