Owner of girls hostel arrested over harassment charges

Owner of a girls hostel in Peshawar has been arrested over charges of harassing women. The arrest of Anmol Hostel owner Ashoor Khan from

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Owner of a girls hostel in Peshawar has been arrested over charges of harassing women.

The arrest of Anmol Hostel owner Ashoor Khan from Tehkal Payan has been made by Peshawar University Town Police after his alleged voice message went viral on the social media in which he was harassing a woman and using inappropriate words.

Information was collected by police after the viral message after which Ashoor Khan was arrested and a case was registered against him. The complaint said the hostel owner was harassing women by using different tactics.

Police said further investigation against the alleged harasser is underway.

Few days earlier, investigation was launched into the allegations of harassment of female students of Islamia College University (ICU) Peshawar.

The governor’s special inspection team visited the university and started recording statements of female and male students of the university. The statements of teachers and administration staff will also be recorded.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman had ordered inquiry into the harassment claims by the female students of ICU. The inquiry was ordered after female students of ICU on November 11 staged a protest demonstration against the increasing incidents of alleged harassment by teachers of the university.

Last month, the principal of Women Campus of the University of Swat and Head of Botany Department Dr Zakia lodged a complaint at Kanju Police Station against alleged harassment and threats.

Dr Zakia Ahmed alleged that she was continuously harassed by people on important administrative positions in the university in 2019. She said she lodged her first complaint with the vice chancellor of the university on December 27, 2019, but instead of action against the harassers, she started receiving threats and pressure to take back the complaint. She said she once made up her mind to take back her complaint, but just with a minor condition that the harasser must tender a few words of apology, but they refused.

Dr Zakia said she then received an email from a fake ID in which very absurd allegations were hurled against her and other women visiting lecturers. She said the mail was also sent to other people occupying important positions in the university administration. She said it was nothing but a consequence of filing the complaint against harassers in 2019.

The public relations officer of the university said the mobile phone numbers provided by Dr Zakia belong to persons who are serving on important positions in the university. He said the VC has formed a four-member probe committee, which includes three women and a male professors, to unearth the truth about the whole issue.

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