PESHAWAR: A protest demonstration was held by the female students of Islamia College University here on Wednesday and demanded action against the teachers involved in their harassment.
They assembled at the Ahmad Faraz Block, outraged by instances of violence, and marched towards the vice-chancellor ‘s office, where they shouted slogans. They said that not only teachers but also male learners made objectionable comments and blocked their way to the campus harassment.
They said the administration should designate a focal individual to investigate the abuse grievances as the new committee set up for the purpose was limited to papers only and did little to fix their concerns.
Jabir Khan of the Islamic Fraternity Law Department and the female students led the rally. The demonstrators carried placards inscribed with anti-harassment slogans.
They recommended that the administration take care of many grievances submitted by students in this respect.
The demonstrators claimed that, under the supervision of review papers and thesis ventures, teachers threatened students, but the responsible authorities did not take action against them.
In line with the Abuse of Women at Workplace Act , 2010, students from other universities have engaged in the demonstration and called for the establishment of a harassment committee to safeguard women students from bullying and other pressure techniques used against them by professors.
They vowed to expose the challenges faced by female students and put the perpetrators involved in their abuse to justice. They said the administration of the university could not close their eyes to the major problem facing the students.
We will do our hardest to expose the persons involved in bullying students at our level. “We will work to raise awareness of the activity and encourage the students to resume their studies,” the demonstrators said.
They asked the educational institutions’ female population to break silence and audaciously come out against those teachers, who were bent on teasing the students. They said that during which lectures and walks would also be held to reveal the anonymous faces behind the violence on campuses, the protest movement would continue.