LAHORE: Police officials have registered a case against four employees of a private school in Lahore, including a teacher who was earlier sacked by the administration after four employees were held responsible by the school for the alleged sexual harassment of female students.
Earlier, an elite private school Lahore Grammar School (LGS) branch 1A1 had suspended four employees following allegations of sexual harassment by multiple female students who complained that the accused had been harassing them for years.
Many students narrated stories that sparked outrage on social media pressuring the administration to hold an inquiry into the matter after which the accused were terminated.
A case was registered on the complaint of Child Protection Bureau officer Ehtisham Arshad under Section 292-A (exposure to seduction), 500 (punishment for defamation), 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory).
It also includes Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 25 (intentionally damaging or tampering with telegraphs) of the Federal Investigation Agency’s Telegraph Act.
Administration Officer Aitzaz, Accountant Omar, a chowkidar named Shehzad and chemistry teacher Zahid Warraich were accused of harassment by female students, some of whom had left school a few years ago and others who were still studying there.
Students said that they had lodged various sexual harassment complaints over the years against the accused but no action had been taken by the administration. Hence, some of them were forced to leave school and seek admission to others.
The administration said that after receiving evidence against the accused, which included videos, photographs and indecent messages sent by them to students, all four persons involved were dismissed from the school.