KU sexual harassment case still undecided

13:09 Jun 24 2015 Karachi, Pakistan

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Karachi: The Karachi University authorities have yet to take action on the recommendation of an inquiry report that some three months ago had found a teacher guilty of sexual harassment, giving credence to the rumors that he might be reinstated as had been done last year in a case related to the Urdu department.

The report, which recommended termination of his service after finding evidence against him including his confessional statement about ‘inappropriate behavior’, was submitted by a four-member inquiry committee to the vice chancellor.

However, sources said, the teacher who had been suspended continued to receive salary and other benefits.

The students said they had seen him twice on the campus in recent days, apprehending that he would be reinstated.

“It was June last year when we started receiving phone calls from the teacher, asking each one of us out. The teacher asked us to meet and befriend him outside the campus, threatening us that he would fail us if we didn’t please him or told anyone about his phone calls,” the students said. It took the students some time to open up and share the matter with each other. They were shocked to learn from each other that the teacher of the social work department had threatened at least 10 of their class fellows.

Finally, the students mustered some courage and shared the problem with some other teachers, who along with the department head and former chairperson of the department Prof Shama Aziz reported the case to the vice chancellor in writing.

The sources said the vice chancellor formed an inquiry committee comprising four senior teachers who were selected by himself to investigate the case. The committee recorded statements of the students against the teacher and took around six months to finalize the report, the sources said, adding that it was finally submitted to the vice chancellor.

The sources said the teacher had been expelled from two private universities earlier on the same charges yet some teachers, part of Karachi University Teachers Society, were supporting him.
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