NUST Accused of Covering Up Rape Incident on Campus

This could have been handled better.


National University of Science and Technology’s (NUST) was recently accused of covering up a tragic incident of rape that allegedly occurred within its premises.

Netizens are up in arms over this rather poorly-phrased tweet that was sent out by the official NUST Twitter handle on 24th December:


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To add to that the university didn’t stop at victim-shaming. They took it upon themselves to silence students with threats of expulsion.

NUST went as far as to say that these are all lies that ‘ruin lives, reputations and futures’.


When the students’ safety was at stake, many of them came forward to let the word out. Turns out this isn’t the first time NUST has failed to take action against cases of sexual assault.


Word has it rather than carry out an inquiry as the law demands or allow law enforcement authorities to handle the matter, it seems that NUST may have ended up abetting a rapist.

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People are not about to let this issue slide again. In response, #NUSTSupportsRapists is trending on Pakistani Twitter.



In the meantime, NUST students are being warned to be wary. Like most universities, NUST charges a security fee, and now students are worried about their security and well-being.



Netizens point out that how the university’s attempts to suppress facts can help them conduct a fair investigation? Some students alleged that the rapist was someone with access to campus grounds and is still out there.


People are even calling on Prime Minister Imran Khan, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari,  and Director General, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major-General Asif Ghafoor to take notice.



Looks like Member of National Assembly (MNA) Asma Qadeer even took notice. Let’s hope the Standing Committee can urge NUST to do the right thing.



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Most people are demanding a proper investigation into the matter. While in case of sexual harassment the matter can be dealt with internally via the ‘Protection Against Harassment of Women in the Workplace Act 2010‘. In case of rape though, the charges change from sexual harassment to rape, assault, battery, etc That makes this a criminal case that would be handled as a police case.


People are demanding that the police get involved.



Written by Lens Staff


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