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Let the law take its course: Ahsan Khan on Meesha Shafi-Ali Zafar scandal

Pakistani actor Ahsan Khan urged people to refrain from making fun of sexual harassment and requested people to let the law take its course on the Ali Zafar-Meesha Shafi harassment scandal.  “Sexual harassment is a very serious matter. It should never be taken lightly and made the subject of jokes, gossip and casual conversation,” he…

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Meesha recounts ‘sexual harassment’ by Ali Zafar

KARACHI: Singer Meesha Shafi has narrated details of her uneasy encounters with Ali Zafar during concerts, saying she was finding it hard on her conscious to stay silent. In a Twitter statement earlier this week, Meesha accused Ali of sexual harassment on more than occasions, a claim he denied and vowed to take the matter…

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#MeToo: Meesha Shafi says Ali Zafar sexually harassed her

Singer, model and actor Meesha Shafi said Thursday that pop singer and actor Ali Zafar sexually harassed her. Even though a number of Pakistani celebrities came forward to talk about their experiences of child sexual abuse as part of the #MeToo movement, this is the first time that a celebrity has named someone. Meesha tweeted…

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Fight against sexual harassment: Victim decides to become lawyer

A Bahauddin Zakariya University student, who was “sexually assaulted”’ by a professor, has decided to become a lawyer to help other victims. “I want no one to face what I went through,” she said, adding that this is the reason why she chose to study law.​

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You responded to #SpeakUp: ‘This has been happening on campus for a long time’

I am happy with how Samaa TV has been raising a voice for students who are in trouble because of the mafia teachers have become. I am writing just to support and encourage this initiative and buck up every victim, especially the women who are breaking the shackles of fear and setting an example for…

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Sindh University students start speaking up against harassment

The provincial women’s development department has started to receive complaints of harassment on campus at University of Sindh “There are 10 to 15 students who have brought their complaints to me,” said Fauzia Ashraf, the deputy director of the department. “They say that when they complain to the university administration, they are silenced and told…

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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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KU sexual harassment committee records student’s statement

University of Karachi’s sexual harassment committee has recorded the statement of the student who said a teacher harassed her Nasreen Aslam, who is in charge of the committee, said the student’s statement had been taken on phone. “The teacher’s statement will be recorded in a few days,” she said. Earlier, she had shamed the students…

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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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Sexual harassment: KU students protest against teacher

University of Karachi students said a professor harassed and blackmailed them. They began to protest Friday “We want justice,” they shouted during the protest at Arts Lobby. They carried placards saying #SpeakUp. A professor was served notices by the administration and sexual harassment committee as more students said he harassed and threatened them. A student…

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CM adviser to meet KU dean

KARACHI: Adviser to the Chief Minister on Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz will meet the dean of faculty of the University of Karachi over reports of harassment that Samaa brought to light. Talking to Samaa, Shamim said incidents do not happen exclusively to female students, as the male students are also harassed. She vowed they will…

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KU VC orders inquiry into ‘harassment’ claims

KARACHI: Karachi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ajmal Khan has ordered an inquiry into allegations of harassment and blackmailing made by students against a professor of the varsity, a day after Samaa highlighted the issue. “Dr Ajmal Khan has taken notice of the complaints lodged by some students and initiated an inquiry,” said ‘Awaz’…

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KU teacher served notices as more students say he harassed, threatened them

Reporting by Sonia Shehzad A professor at University of Karachi was served notices by the administration and sexual harassment committee as more students said he harassed and threatened them. A KU student had said Wednesday that the professor offered to pass her with flying colours if she agreed to marry him. On Thursday, another student…

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Nurse beats ward boy, saying he harassed her

NEWS DESK: A nurse beat up a ward boy at Civil Hospital, Faisalabad, after accusing him of sexual harassment, reported Samaa TV. Other nurses also beat him, after which they protested outside the hospital against what they said was a culture of sexual harassment. They smeared black paint on the face of the ward boy…

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Australia’s scandal-hit deputy PM quits

NEWS DESK: Australia’s scandal-hit deputy leader Barnaby Joyce announced Friday he was quitting and moving to the backbench amid claims of sexual harassment and controversy over an affair with a now-pregnant former aide, reported AFP. Joyce, whose National Party rules alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals, has been front-page news in Australia for two weeks…

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Meryl Streep blasts Weinstein’s counsel for using her words

NEWS DESK: Hollywood actor Meryl Streep clearly does not appreciate being part of Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense. On Wednesday evening, she released a statement, via her representative Hannah Donohue, saying that Weinstein’s inclusion of her words in a legal filing was “pathetic and exploitative”, reported USA Today. Lawyers for the disgraced Hollywood producer said Tuesday…

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UK stars say ‘Time’s Up’ for sexual harassment and abuse

NEWS DESK: Actresses Kate Winslet and Emma Watson joined around 200 British stars in demanding an end to sexual harassment and abuse, in an open letter published Sunday ahead of the Bafta film awards, reported AFP. Signatories including Emma Thompson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan, expressed solidarity with the Time’s Up movement…

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Many stars use sexuality for getting work: Ekta Kapoor

MUMBAI: Indian director and celebrity Ekta Kapoor revealed that many stars who utilize their sexuality for work. According to Times of India, Kapoor made the statement in an interview based on whether speaking out on being sexually harassed in the past and whether there are figures like Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood director accused of sexually…

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