Man arrested, dismissed from job for sexually harassing female polio worker in Karachi


KARACHI – Police have arrested a man for sexually harassing a female polio worker in Karachi, revealed an official of the anti-polio programme.

Dr Shahzad Baig, the coordinator of the anti-polio campaign, said that the accused, who was working for the same project, had also been dismissed from the employment.

Baig said that such harassment case violated the basic human rights, adding that such activities will not be tolerated.

The cases of harassment at work place are continued to rise in the country.

Earlier this week, Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplaces Kashmala Tariq ruled that a senior official of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) be dismissed from service on allegations of sexually harassing a woman employee and pay Rs2 million in compensation to her.

In her order, Kashmala stated that a woman, who was working at Pemra’s headquarter in Islamabad on a contingent basis, had filed an online complaint with the ombudsperson on January 20, 2020, accusing one of Pemra’s directors general, Haji Adam, of harassing her.

Quoting the complainant, the order said when she refused “sexual favours” to Adam, his behaviour turned “rude, disgusting and demeaning” towards her.

“Bringing all the pieces of evidence together […] the complainant has proved her allegation that [Adam] sexually harassed her [at] her workplace on November 11, 2019,” the order said.

On the other hand, Adam failed to substantiate his stance that he had been falsely implicated in the case by the complainant “at the instigation and conspiracy of someone else”, it added.

The ombudsperson said action was to be taken against Adam under the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 2010, and directed that he be dismissed from service and he should pay Rs2m in compensation to the complainant.

She also declared another Pemra official, Fakhruddin Mughal, as having been proven to be “a facilitator” of Adam, and ruled that he, too, was to face action under the Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act, 2010.

Tariq ordered Mughal’s demotion along with a payment of Rs500,000 in compensation to the complainant.

Moreover, the ombudsperson said in her order: “I deem it essential to ask the Pemra top management.

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