- The President confirmed the sentence of “dismissal from service” and the fine of Rs 5 lac each to the Financial Director and the PD of the Afghan Refugee Commissariat, Peshawar
- He said such individuals not only tarnish the image of their agency, but also that of their country.
- Two female officials from the Afghan Refugee Commission had jointly filed a harassment complaint under Article 8 of the Protection Against Harassment of Women in the Workplace
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has confirmed the penalty of “dismissal from service” and fine of Rs 5 lac each to the Director of Finance (CFO) and Project Director (PD) of the Afghan Refugee Commissariat, Peshawar after the accusations of having committed sexual harassment against two female colleagues were proven against them.
While rejecting the representation of the two officials accused against the decision of the Federal Ombudsman for the Protection against Harassment of Women at Work (FOSPAH), the president declared that these people were tarnishing not only the image of their agency but also that of their country.
In his decision, the president wrote that such incidents were among the main reasons why women were reluctant to work because their public space was limited and they were not safe because these people harassed them in the workplace, in more to use their authority for coercion.
The president also rejected the position of the accused officials that the employees had brought sexual harassment charges against them due to prior hostility and hard feelings.
“No lady takes the risk of filing false sexual harassment complaints against a male colleague in the organization because such a complaint essentially undermines her own modesty, integrity and reputation,” he added.
The President observed that the two defendants had not challenged the veracity of the plaintiffs’ position by not cross-examining them and he strongly supported the accusations of the plaintiffs against the defendants.
The President found that FOSPAH, taking into account the entirety of the evidence on file, had come to the conclusion that the accused had been in a dominant position to abuse his authority to exploit comparatively weaker and subordinate plaintiffs and , as a result, imposed Major sentence.
The President confirmed the order of FOSPAH imposing the major penalty of “dismissal from service” and a fine of Rs 5 laces on each accused and rejected the representation of the two accused officials.
According to the details, two female civil servants from the Afghan Refugee Commission in Peshawar had jointly filed a harassment complaint under Section 8 of the Protection from Harassment of Women in the Workplace Act 2010 before FOSPAH, alleging acts of sexual harassment by the CFO and PD of said department.