Campaign against women harassment in varsities on the cards

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It’s time to check rising harassment cases, says Sarwar

Amraiz Khan

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar has announced launching an awareness campaign in universities against harassment of women, while recommendations from the Vice-Chancellors have also been sought regarding legislation and other measures to deal with harassment issue.

A committee comprising nine Vice Chancellors, headed by Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences, Dr Javed Ikram, has also been constituted which will submit recommendations to the Punjab Governor in two weeks.

Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar stated this while addressing a ceremony on the occasion of Centennial Celebrations at Lahore College for Women University on Thursday.

He also inaugurated a memorial building in this connection at Lahore College for Women University.

Vice-Chancellor Lahore College for Women University Dr Bushra Mirza, Educationist Imran Masood and MPA Uzma Kardar were also present on the occasion.

Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar said that unfortunately, the incidents of women harassment have been on the rise.

It is high time that strict measures must be taken to curb such incidents, adding that all sections of society will have to work together in this regard. He said that we have also announced to launch an awareness campaign in the universities.

He said that it is the top priority of the government to provide protection to the Women, adding that all measures will be taken to ensure the safety of women.

He said that in order to improve the quality of higher education political interference in the universities has been eliminated and will not be tolerated at any cost.

Ch Sarwar said that a nine-member committee headed by Javed Akram, Vice Chancellor of the University of Health Sciences, has also been formed to prepare recommendations regarding the prevention of incidents of harassment.

The members of the committee include Vice-Chancellor University of South Asia, Mian Imran Masood, Vice-Chancellor University of Child Health Sciences Prof Dr Masood Sadiq, Vice-Chancellor Rawalpindi Women’s University Dr Anila Kamal, Vice-Chancellor Lahore College for Women University Dr Bushra Mirza, Prof Dr Rukhsana Kausar Vice Chancellor Govt College University of Women Sialkot, Vice-Chancellor Punjab Tainjin University Dr Abdul Sattar Shakir, Vice-Chancellor University of Education Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, and Vice-Chancellor University of Engineering and Technology Lahore Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar.

He said that no country can make progress without the contribution of women, adding that PTI Government firmly believes in women empowerment to put the country on the path to progress and prosperity.

He urged that it is very important to curb such incidents so that women can play their role in the development of country.

Governor Ch Sarwar said that Pakistan needs unity and solidarity to overcome the internal and external challenges.

There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan, adding that all it needs commitment and hard work to succeed in any field.

He said that youth is ray of hope for the country and PTI led government believes in creating opportunities for them. He said that Pakistan will be made strong and prosperous under the leadership of Imran Khan.

Ch Sarwar said that India is misleading the international community with fake propaganda and lies, adding that we have exposed the face of India in the world and we will continue to expose it.

India is committing the worst terrorism against Kashmiris and the resolution of Kashmir issue is necessary for regional peace, he stressed.

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