Karachi University Eliminates Department Chairperson Over Harassment.
The University of Karachi has selected Prof. Dr. Farah Iqbal as Chairperson Criminology Departmen after the previous chairperson Dr.Ghulam Muhammad Burfat was discharged on the grounds of a sexual harassment complaint that was filed by a female member of faculty.
Karachi University Eliminates Department Chairperson Over Harassment
Vice-Chancellor Khalid M. Iraqi has ordered the mandatory to transfer the charge to Farah Iqbal, who also heads the Department of Psychology.
The order was delivered by Registrar, Dr. Abdul Waheed on the reference of the anti-sexual harassment committee including Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean Dr. Nasreen, Teachers Society President, Dr. Shah Ali Ul Qader and Deputy Registrar Zia Sheikh.
Discussing the matter with media reps, the anti-harassment committee lead by Dr. Nasreen Aslam Iqbal specified that Dr.Burfat was dismissed from his position due to regular complaints of misbehaviour filed against him by several students and faculty members.
She added that Dr.Burfat will continue to work at the department as a teacher but declined to comment on what punishment the committee had suggested for him.
Dr.Burfat earlier appealed that “if I had ever been involved in harassing female teachers or students, I would have been fired from my job by now”.
The suspect has his doubts about KU’s “unbiased policies” of late and intends to “use each and every legal platform against the harassment committee’s decision”.
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