A staff member at King Edward Medical University (KEMU) inappropriately filmed a student in the university restroom, leading to their apprehension by the victim who seized their mobile phone. Disturbing clips were discovered on the device.
This incident took place at the Maqbool Block of KEMU, which is home to approximately 700 female students.
When the university administration was informed about the matter, they allegedly attempted to cover it up. Frustrated by the lack of action from the concerned officials, the victim informed her parents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Victim’s Parents Blast KEMU
On Monday, the parents arrived at the university and strongly criticized the administration for their failure to ensure the privacy, safety, and protection of the students.
They also warned that they would file a complaint against the higher authorities at KEMU, holding them accountable for this highly objectionable crime after discovering that the suspect was an employee of the university.
According to a source, the parents were taken aback when they realized that the administration was trying to protect the suspect instead of addressing the issue.
Unrest Amongst Female Students
The incident has caused anger and unrest among the female students who fear that the suspect may have recorded objectionable videos of other students as well, raising concerns about the possibility of a larger criminal network being involved.
There are five shared restrooms for female students, each having an open space at the top that allows access to the adjacent restrooms. This means that anyone could use this space to record videos on a mobile phone, as was the case when the male suspect entered an adjacent restroom and filmed the student.
The source mentioned that the MBBS students had previously complained multiple times to the KEMU administration about suspicious behaviour by male staff and “strangers” in the designated female restrooms, but their concerns were ignored.
In a conversation with Dawn, KEMU Vice Chancellor Prof Mahmood Ayaz stated that the university had taken notice of the incident and was in contact with the victim’s family. He assured that the perpetrator had been handed over to the police.
“We are investigating the matter thoroughly and will ensure that the culprit faces legal consequences to prevent such immoral incidents in the future, ensuring the safety and security of our medical students,” added Dr. Ayaz.
Tips for Female University Students
Ensuring the safety of female students in universities is crucial. Here are some guidelines and suggestions to help female students enhance their personal safety on campus:
- Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to your surroundings at all times. Stay vigilant and avoid distractions such as using your phone excessively, especially when walking alone or in isolated areas.
- Buddy system: Whenever possible, try to travel in groups or use the buddy system, especially during late hours or in unfamiliar locations. Having a trusted friend with you can provide an added layer of security.
- Utilize campus security services: Familiarize yourself with the security resources available on campus. This may include campus security personnel, emergency call boxes, or escort services. Take advantage of these services when needed.
- Inform others about your whereabouts: Let your friends or family members know your schedule and where you are going, particularly if you are attending events or studying late at night. Keeping others informed can help ensure your safety and provide a sense of security.
- Trust your instincts: If you ever feel uncomfortable or sense potential danger, trust your instincts and take appropriate action. Move towards well-lit areas, and populated spaces, or seek assistance from campus security if necessary.
- Self-defence training: Consider taking self-defence classes or workshops. Learning basic self-defence techniques can boost your confidence and equip you with skills to protect yourself in unforeseen situations.
- Secure your personal belongings: Keep your belongings, including bags, laptops, and phones, secure and within sight. Avoid leaving your valuables unattended in public areas or shared spaces to prevent theft or unauthorized access.
- Stay informed about campus policies: Familiarize yourself with your university’s policies and procedures related to safety, harassment, and reporting incidents. Understanding your rights and the available support systems can empower you to take appropriate action if needed.
- Trustworthy acquaintances: Build a network of trustworthy acquaintances, such as professors, advisors, or staff members, who you can reach out to for guidance or assistance if required.
- Stay updated with safety alerts: Stay informed about safety alerts, notifications, or emergency protocols issued by your university. These updates can provide valuable information and help you stay prepared for any potential risks.
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