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#MeToo takes Meesha’s twitter to another edge

KARACHI: Taking a look at Meesha Shafi’s initial twitter stats, the famous singer’s tweets sufficed a very average feedback from the followers. Whereas, since she has placed harassment allegations on pop singer and actor Ali Zafar, her tweets have received immense reaction. From getting somewhat 85 to 100 reactions per tweet, which were seemed pretty…

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#MeToo: Three more women accuse Ali Zafar of harassment

KARACHI: A day after a leading Pakistani actress Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, three more women came forward against the popular singer and actor. They levelled the allegations on Twitter, in what is thought to be the first #MeToo moment in Pakistan. @itsmeeshashafi you’re not alone. Please read this. #metoo @merabichrayaar @HaadeaP…

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Here is good news as you have portal to report online abuse

ISLAMABAD: National Counter Terrorism Authority developed an online reporting portal, aimed at countering online extremism, abuse of internet and social media.       ‘Surf safer’ is an online reporting portal for Pakistanis to report extremist online-content freely, securely and anonymously as well. The other purpose of responsive web portal is to create eyes and ears in cyber-sphere…

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#SpeakUp: KU removes Dr Nasreen Aslam as head of anti-harassment committee

University of Karachi removed Dr Nasreen Aslam from the post of the anti-harassment committee head The head of the international relations department, Dr Shaista, has assumed charge in her place. Also read: KU’s Anti-Harassment head shames students for speaking up The student, who said her teacher at KU harassed her, had complained about the “irresponsible” attitude…

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Lawmaker accuses MQM leaders of harassment, favoritism

KARACHI: Former MQM leader and MPA Irum Azeem Farooque said that she was subjected to harassment and favoritism by two senior party leaders. In a Facebook video, the Karachi-based lawmaker levelled serious allegations against MQM ‘Bahadurabad faction’ leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Amir Khan. She said that Siddiqui had used inappropriate language against women workers…

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KU teacher accused of harassment sent on leave

KARACHI: A Karachi University teacher who is facing allegations of harassment from a student was sent on leave by the varsity’s administration on Tuesday.  According to a press release issued by the university, the teacher wrote a letter on March 19, saying he was getting life threats. “Therefore, the lecturer he has been sent on leave…

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#SpeakUp: Student against sending teacher on forced leave

A student, who said she faced harassment at Karachi University, demanded the teacher accused of misconduct be dismissed from service. “The others will follow suit unless the professor is sacked by the university despite the availability of so much evidence is available against the teacher,” said the student while talking to Samaa Sunday. On Sunday,…

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You responded to #SpeakUp: ‘Make this part of #MeToo’

One of our viewers, Arifa Ghaffar, writes: I am a Pakistani Canadian who has been living here for the last 23 years. Although I have seen lot of bad things happen in Pakistan since I left, this campaign really is one of the best things that has happened there. I think it is about time…

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Politicians pledge to raise voice against harassment – Watch

While speaking in Samaa’s special transmission on the issue of harassment in Karachi University, politicians promised to play their role effectively in the legislation to counter harassment in education institutions. Watch their views…

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Accused teacher to be sent on forced leave if charges proved: Dr. Jamil Kazmi

KARACHI: The Karachi University teacher accused by students of harassment will be sent on forced leave if allegations made against him were proven true, said Dr. Jamil Kazmi, the KU Teachers Society President. While speaking in Samaa’s three hour long especial transmission ‘Bolo, Daro Mat’ on the issue of harassment, the teacher shared progress in…

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#SpeakUp: College students in Sialkot protest against ‘harassment’

SIALKOT: Students of a female government college in Sialkot are protesting against “harassment” taking place in the institute. The pupils of Govt. Shahbaz Sharif Degree College for Women, Jamkey Cheema protested against “harassment” by principal and security guard. “Our dupattas are pulled from our heads in front of male employees,” the  students said. “Street language is…

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University of Sindh student claims associate professor harassed her

JAMSHORO: A University of Sindh student said on Saturday that an associate professor had harassed her.  According to sources, the associate professor has been sent on forced leaves by management. The selection committee of the university has decided to go ahead with the promotion of the associate professor. This means that the accused will be…

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#SpeakUp: Samaa reporter banned to enter Karachi University

KARACHI: Samaa TV reporter Sonia Shehzad has been disallowed to enter Karachi University to cover the protest of students against “harassment” taking place in the varsity. “I came in the morning and was supposed to take the comments of the students on the matter. I was sitting at the gate for one and a half…

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KU harassment: Second audiotape of threats

A second audio clip has been received by Samaa TV in which the voice of what appears to be the Karachi university professor accused of harassment threatens a student. In the audio clip a person who appears to be a teacher is heard talking to a male student, claiming that the vice chancellor backs him….

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#SpeakUp becomes top trend on Twitter

KARACHI: The issue of harassment in Karachi University has registered itself on Twitter as top trend after Samaa highlighted the ordeal of students who said they were harassed by a teacher. Background A KU student had said Wednesday that the professor offered to pass her with flying colours if she agreed to marry him. A…

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Remember KU Prof Sahar Ansari? He was found guilty of harassment

KARACHI: Professor Sahar Ansari, who was found guilty of harassing a fellow faculty member at the University of Karachi, has yet to face action even though 60 days have passed since the inquiry committee wrapped up. On January 29, a three-member committee set up by the university found Professor Ansari, a visiting faculty member and…

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Harassment is unacceptable, says inquiry committee member

KARACHI: A member of Karachi University’s Anti-Harassment Committee spoke out against the “harassment” of female students in the educational institute. “I am ashamed and deeply disappointed,” said Jamil Kazmi. “I believe that such conversations between students and teachers – in any civilized society – are unacceptable.” Protests have erupted in the University of Karachi after…

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KU students speak out against harassment

KARACHI: Karachi University students continued to protest against the “harassment” of their fellow students. “I am very thankful to you all that you gathered here and raised your voices,” they shouted. One of the protesting students, addressing a crowd, said that she was not happy that large number of males came to the protest but…

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Third KU complaint of harassment emerges

A third complaint of sexual harassment, this time from a teacher, has emerged at the University of Karachi On Wednesday, a student accused her professor of propositioning her. Protests have erupted. “One person has been defaming the entire department and for many years,” said a teacher on Samaa’s Awaz program on Friday. “My old batch…

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Don’t delete harassment messages, report to us, FIA tells students

The FIA Cyber Crime Circle has created a form for students to register their complaints of sexual harassment It urged students not to delete any incriminating messages that could serve as evidence to support their complaint. The FIA has asked the Karachi University who complained of a professor harassing her to visit their office to…

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Religious scholars react to KU harassment reports

Academic relationship between teacher and student is highly respectable, said religious scholars while reacting to harassment reports that Samaa brought to light over last couple of days. The scholars deplored attitude of such teachers who cause harassment to their students. Watch what Mufti Zubair and Allama Shabbir Maisami have to say. Tell us your story:…

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