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NICVD security head convicted of harassment

NICVD security head convicted of harassment

KARACHI: The Sindh ombudsman has ordered the removal of the security head of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and his two subordinates from service after finding them guilty of harassing their female colleagues during a detailed investigation into the charges against them, officials and sources confirmed to Dawn on Friday.

A source said the historic and first-of-its-kind verdict against government officials on harassment allegation was announced by the Sindh Ombudsman for the Protection against Harassment of Women at his office in the presence of all the three accused persons, including a retired military officer, and two female complainants.

Besides being sacked, a fine of Rs150,000 was imposed on the senior official, while his subordinates were asked to pay a penalty of Rs100,000 each.

Parliament had passed a law relating to harassment at the workplace in 2009 and the then president Asif Ali Zardari signed it in 2010. In July 2012, the Sindh government appointed a retired district and sessions judge as provincial ombudsman, becoming the first province in the country to provide a legal forum to women enabling them to lodge complaints against sexual harassment at workplace.

Sindh ombudsman orders sacking of three officials after probe on complaint by two female colleagues

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