The Lahore Grammar School’s sexual harassment scandal has taken another shift. Apparently, two more staff members have been suspended after students and alumni presented a charter of demands to the school director.
The suspended names include the main accused Maira Omair Rana and Ms Rubina Shakil for neglecting the harassment cases brought before them. Some students also reported that the school’s culture was very toxic as the accused was notorious for slut-shaming and victim-blaming those who came forward with complaints.
The teachers involved in harassment have also been terminated.
The Lahore Grammar School’s (LGS) 1A1 branch located at Ghalib Market,Gulberg,Lahore has fired four teachers over allegations of sexual harassment, and sending objectionable pictures and messages to at least eight female students. pic.twitter.com/5jOw2g9BxI
— Syeda Ayesha Naz (@SyedaAyeshaNaaz) June 30, 2020
More allegations came to the forefront earlier this week as students and alumni demanded a complete reform in the school regarding sexual harassment. The charter was accepted by the director and the representatives said that the school was more than happy to listen to them.
Lahore Grammar School’s Harassment Cases Brought to Light
Punjab Education Minister, Murad Raas also took to his Twitter to show support for the victims and said that he will personally investigate this matter.
“Getting all the details. These Children are my Children. I will protect them. This case will be brought to a proper conclusion according to law.”
I will deal with the case in Lahore Grammar School 1A1 myself. Have talked to the Principal this morning. Getting all the details. These Children are my Children. I will protect them. This case will be brought to a proper conclusion according to law. Make NO mistake about it.
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) June 30, 2020
In a press conference held on July 2, the Education Minister talked in detail about the LGS harassment case and also mentioned similar incidents in other educational institutes.
1/6 Press Conference today on the harassment of students by their Teachers in LGS Lahore. pic.twitter.com/dBu7ZJuee4
— Murad Raas (@DrMuradPTI) July 2, 2020
The Women’ Action Forum Lahore also expressed its ‘disturbance’ over the news of harassment allegations. They also appreciated the students who were brave enough to share their stories and brought a very serious yet neglected issue to public notice.
They highlighted that this is not a matter of just one school. Sexual harassment is found in almost all private and public institutions, as well as in single-sex and coeducational institutions and madrassahs where both girls and boys are vulnerable.
Women’s Action Forum Lahore, is deeply disturbed at the recent reports in the social & print media about sexual harassment of girls in a private school in Lahore. WAF appreciates the students who had the courage e and confidence to complain about sexual harassment 1/3 #TimesUp pic.twitter.com/GrsM3Fw54v
— Women's Action Forum (@WAFLahore) July 2, 2020
Keep posted for more details on the story,