Peshawar varsity teachers sexually harassing girls: Lawmaker

April 20th, 2011 - 1:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, April 20 (IANS) Senior teachers at the University of Peshawar were sexually harassing girl students, a lawmaker has dramatically told the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly.

Nighat Orakzai of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) said many parents had complained to the university’s vice-chancellor that senior teachers and heads of various departments were involved in sexual harassment of their female students, the Dawn daily reported Wednesday.

She alleged that senior teachers had been threatening the girl students to either be friends with them so as to get good marks or face failure.

The lawmaker demanded strict action against those teachers who were involved in it and pointed out that the university was yet to initiate a probe.

She suggested that an inquiry committee be set up and head of the provincial woman commission should lead the committee.

Minister for Higher Education Qazi Mohammad Asad assured the house that his department would look into these complaints.

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