RAHIM YAR KHAN – Deputy Commissioner Dr Khurram Shehzad took a strict action against four Monitoring and Evaluation Assistants (MEAs) on charges of sexually harassment of female teachers and immediately removed them from the district under the Sexual Harassment Act 2010.
According to details, complaints were received especially from government teachers who claimed that four MEAs Khalid Tanveer, Mohammad Afzal, Saleem Akhtar and Mohammad Arif harassed them during school visit. Taking notice of the complaints, the Deputy Commissioner appointed Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Sheikh Muhammad Tahir as the inquiry officer and directed him to prepare a factual report and punish those who will be held responsible.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Sheikh Mohammad Tahir, while recording the statements of MEAs and affected teachers, went to the spot and inquired from other teachers on which the allegations leveled by the teachers against the said MEAs proved to be based on facts and while the MEAs could not provide any credible evidence in its defense.
During the inquiry, it was revealed that MEA Muhammad Arif was visiting school despite his retirement, on which Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Sheikh Muhammad Tahir issued a workplace order against the four MEAs for sexually harassing teachers. He also recommended registration of cases under the Protection of Women Act, Sexual Harassment 2010 and deportation from District, which was implemented immediately.
Newspaper: The Nation