A progress report will be submitted by private educational institutions on forming anti-harassment committees in intuitions.
According to the details notices have been issued by the Directorate of Inspection and Registration of Private Institution (DIRPIS) to institutions. They have been asked to establish anti-harassment committees according to the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010, within seven days.
Rafia Javed DIRPIS Registrar in a reminder stated, “The directorate has once again reminded the administrators of the private intuitions to take the notice seriously and form anti-harassment committees at the earliest.”
The directorate has been urged by the provincial ombudsman to ensure the Act’s implementation.
“Therefore, a circular was issued to the owners and administrators to form three-member committees as per rules.”
As per Rafia Javed, they have not received any complaints of harassment as of yet. She said that it might be because the students and teachers are not much aware of the law.
She said that she hopes that teachers and students are not reluctant in reporting the harassment cases.
“In this regard, DIRPIS has formed a strategy under which each and every complaint will be immediately responded.”
Almost 10 years ago the anti-harassment Act was passed. However, the provincial government, the College Education Department, and the School Education and Literacy Department were not able to implement the law. Thus, most of the cases in private and public institutions are not reported.