The most trending topic of Pakistan recently hyped too much the #metoo movement after which most of the celebrities and other girls started sharing their experiences of harassment with no fear. This girl from one of the Pakistan’s top private school shared how teachers harass. A girl from Karachi’s PAF Chapter shared her story of how different faculty teachers harassed her and other girls when they were in O-levels.
She posted on social media:
“. My Physics teacher in my second year of olevels, Sir Naveed, was someone who was known mostly for making a few corny jokes, most of those jokes were directed at the girls in his classes and it felt like he was masking a lot of misogyny which came to show. He would very often hover too close, brush his hand against me and stared at me in such a creepy way that I started wrapping myself with my dupatta in his classes. Once after a lecture when I finally understood a concept he tried to go for a hug and I immediately backed up and left the room. After I was done with his classes he would find me in the halls and say hi, start conversations acting like we were great friends when we were not. He kept trying to get super close and make contact when I did not want to. When I got to alevels he started sending me friend requests on facebook, which I declined only to get another one a month or so later. Eventually I was getting a friend request every single week. I’ve had to block him.”
She shared different cases she experienced in the school.
Another case she shared was:
“So in AS, there was a chemistry teacher, Sir Rahat Rizvi. In a class full of people, I asked him to help me out doing MCQs. He came to my desk and was standing oddly too close. I felt uncomfortable and so pushed back and glued myself to my chair. He took my pencil and began writing on my paper, and was too close to my chest. I became even more uncomfortable because being a male teacher, you MUST maintain a distance, that too near such a sensitive part of a girl’s body. Nevertheless, his hand pushed against my chest and he had absolutely no reaction. I was in shock. I led myself to believe, in that moment, that it was an accident, but he would’ve apologized had it been an accident. He did not. I’ve felt uncomfortable ever since then, to be in his class. I felt that he looked at girls in the wrong places as well. It’s disturbing, to this day, considering he’s a well-known A Levels teacher, and not to mention, has a young daughter as well.”
Nida also shared this case:
“This happened to me in The City School, PAF Chapter, it was 10th grade, and the year end. It was the Islamiat mock and our invigilator was Sir Aslam. Bearded man, seemingly quite religious. He was signing all the exam scripts at the beginning of the paper, and when he came over to my desk, as I was shifting the paper towards him so he could sign easily, he quickly put his entire upper arm against my chest and signed it before I could finish. I was too much in shock as to wtf just happened and before I could even say something, the pervert was gone onto the next desk.”
This #metoo movement is rapidly growing in Pakistan and girls are becoming braver by sharing the bitter realities of the society. This young girl’s voice may give fear to those teachers who try to harass young students as if they wont speak up.
Its been years that students had been suffering from this issue any no body dared to raise their voice because our society hides such flaws. There are teachers who have no fear in harassing young girls as they think that they wont raise their voice and if they did no body will believe them as the school management will defend them. This not only happens in schools but in colleges and universities as well. In some cases teachers also thread students for not exposing them otherwise they will fail them in the final exams.