The educational institutes of Pakistan have become an open field for the wicked. Schools were once known for their quality education, experienced faculties, and great productive environments. Now, they are reduced to money-making-businesses and stress-grounds. Moreover, students are charged hefty fees. In return, they are subjected to discrimination, harassment, and bullying by professors that have led to several student suicides. However, the latest scandal involving Balochistan University has marked a new low for the educational sector of this country.
The university administration was sexually harassing and blackmailing female students!
This isn’t the first time criminal administration of a university has taken advantage of the helpless students. Previously, in Islamabad, Comsats University’s management came under fire for showing indifference towards their student’s deteriorating health, which led to his demise within the campus.
However, the University of Balochistan’s management was onto something far worse and of perverse nature. According to the sources, there were cameras installed in various places to spy on students, mostly females.
The FIA which has been probing the case for several weeks now has revealed that female students were being blackmailed and sexually harassed through objectionable videos of them. Also, the footages were shot through at least six secret cameras installed in various places of the Quetta campus without anyone’s knowledge, on top of the already existing and known CCTV cameras.
A senior FIA officer informed, “We have traced 12 videos of harassment of female students,”. Furthermore, culprits who harassed were some officials in the university’s administration, he added.
A mass student protest has broken out at the University of Balochistan!
There is need the departments of education to must take the necessary steps to stop any form of pestering and harassment against students. The students are protesting against harassment and coercion of victimized students in #UoB. #UoBScandalExposed #SaveUOBQuetta pic.twitter.com/X83ZnraFaE
— Hafsa Baloch (@hafsa__baloch) October 16, 2019
Students have come out in groups with placards in hand demanding justice to be served and for certain personalities including the VC of the university to be removed. According to the sources, the Vice-Chancellor of UOB, Javed Iqbal is accused of being involved in violating the female students through blackmailing.
Students speak out against the harassment cases in #UoB. They will not to be more silenced or repressed. They will resist through peaceful and reposeful ways until the safe educational system come to shaped. #SaveUOBQuetta #TerminateVCofUoB #StopHarrasment pic.twitter.com/O4bbzeauFI
— Hafsa Baloch (@hafsa__baloch) October 16, 2019
Moreover, the VC has a stained past; Vice President of Academic Staff Association of the Balochistan University Professor Fareed Achakzai alleged that the VC was involved in a harassment scandal back in 1992.
Interview by Prof. Farid Achakzai of the University of Balochistan. As long as Javed Iqbal will be VC, #UOB. No girl will come to Balochistan University to study.😢#TerminateVCofUoB pic.twitter.com/CeYhyZKsyl
— Zubair Shah Agha (@ZubairShahAgha1) October 14, 2019
The entire administration of UOB including the security staff has been blackmailing female students through secretly shot videos, over fee and GPA. “Recently, a female student lodged a complaint of harassment at a local police station against a member of the administration and the vice-chancellor reached the police station to downplay the matter,” said the professor Fareed Achakzai.
Disgusted at incident taken place at #UOB.There will be zero tolerance where our sisters and daughters are concerned.Had our doubts about the vice chancellor before,they have turned a place of education into a garrison and institutionalised an university.We demand his resignation
— Akhtar Mengal (@sakhtarmengal) October 16, 2019
The entire network comprising of VC, security personnel and every person involved should be brought to justice. The female students come from far-flung areas to receive education in this institution and taking advantage of them, recording them without their consent and using that to blackmail them into committing perverse acts with them is criminal, heinous and unacceptable.
The provincial government instructed for anti-harassment special committees to be constituted all across Balochistan institutes!
As for the UOB sexual harassment case, a special committee has been set-up to look into the case thoroughly. The committee will come into action on the 18th of October.
#Balochistan Assembly Special Committee constituted to look in to the matter of #Harrasment & #Blackmailing to female & male students by Senior #UoB staff – committee will start its work on 18th Oct 2019.
Students and victims are requested to submit their written complains. pic.twitter.com/gsZ139JHwr
— Sana Ullah BALOCH, MPA (@Senator_Baloch) October 17, 2019
Absolutely, every single person involved should be punished severely and made ane example of.
This is really an unfortunate incident took place in #UOB all the culprits shld be punished with no exception Balochiatan is known for its traditions and security of women is always been the first priority of its poeple shamelessly it's been damaged by University adminstration.
— Guhram shareef (@Gwahram_Baloch) October 16, 2019
The daughters of this nation come to these learning places so they can curate a successful life for themselves. Not so they can be taken advantage of, disrespected by their seniors and physically violated. Furthermore, educational institutes are supposed to be places that are safe for girls where they can trust their peers, their teachers and gain what they come here for- that is a quality education.
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