A Student From NUST Claims She Was Raped On-Campus & The Administration’s Response Is Heinous!!

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Sexual harassment and rape culture have always been a notorious characteristic of educational institutions. Female students often complain of maltreatment at the hands of the male faculty during their academic process. The evidence in certain cases that professors and staff continue to blatantly abuse their position implies that legal procedures to tackle harassment are ineffectively implemented on campuses. And it is also evident from the past cases that educational institutions, instead of addressing the complaints of their students fairly, are too concerned about protecting their own reputation and that of their academic staff.

Recently a student from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) claimed that she was raped inside the university premises. Reports surfaced on social media claiming that a construction worker sexually assaulted a student near National Science & Technology Park (NSTP).

Ever since the allegation surfaced, netizens are voicing their concerns over the matter, including the alumnus.

The varsity management, through its official Twitter account, denied that any such incident had taken place and termed the reports “a desperate act of seeking attention” while also slamming “false rape allegations”.

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“What kind of a person makes fabricated rape accusations?” reads the tweet by the university. “

Let’s start with the thought-provoking fact that false rape allegations ruin lives, reputations, and futures. Indeed, propagating such incorrect news is the most horrendous and shameless of acts.”Recent tweets about the alleged rape of a student are nothing but a heinous attempt to defame this prestigious seat of learning, a desperate act of seeking attention, and a complete hoax.

In lieu of promising an impartial investigation to the matter, the university chose to demean the complainee and this has infuriated a lot of people.

 

Current students at NUST are stating that they are being threatened by the management for being vocal on the case in question.

Even after anti-harassment laws being passed in our country, there is a big question on implementation and fair trial in such cases. The response from the management was surely ill-considered. Fair and equitable investigation about the matter must be carried out in order to create a sense of security for female students. Being one of the best educational institutions in the country, we hope that the administration would press more upon the safety of its students rather than its reputation.

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