LUMS Students Share Horrific Accounts Of Sexual Harassment, Assault
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has been trending on Twitter after a number of students in a private Facebook group shared horrific stories of sexual harassment and abuse. Those who levelled the allegations reportedly include current and former female students of the university.
A source on the condition of anonymity, told Naya Daur that the culprits and perpetrators were named and shamed by the victims. Some serious allegations of rape were also made.
Meanwhile, a student of LUMS took to Twitter to share her own story. “For the first ever time in my life I exposed a man in front of the LUMS community who sexually harassed me during my first semester. The list of men is long but I took the first step today and it is a big deal.”
For the first ever time in my life I exposed a man infront of the LUMS community who sexually harassed me during my first semester. The list of men is long but I took the first step today and it is a big deal! 1/2
— Minahil (@mintagul) June 24, 2020
My cousin just outed her harraser at LUMS and I couldn't have been more proud. So so so courageous of her and I hope all those assholes are held accountable and they realise that now they cannot get away with it.
— •.• (@sarahsajjad24) June 24, 2020
Shocked and traumatized for life!
Just saw Lums Discussion Forum filled with posts of girls calling out male students for sexual harassment.
This is not the first time and definitely not the first institution where women have been subjected to harassment.
— Michelle Naeem (@MichelleNaeem1) June 23, 2020
Never imagined an acquaintance of mine whom I thought to be a shareef person would be found guilty in a LUMS harassment case.
— Mohammad Awais (@buymegoodfood) June 24, 2020
Another Twitter user said that a guy physically abused a girl on the campus. Multiple people witnessed the scene and it was also caught on camera. But still the students couldn’t file a case in LUMS because the victims wasn’t a university student. “We couldn’t file outside because she was threatened and blackmailed. Time passed. He [the harasser] got away,” she added.
A guy was physically abusive with a girl on campus. Multiple people witnessed it. It was caught on camera.
We couldn't file a case in LUMS because she wasn't a student.
We couldn't file outside because she was threatened and blackmailed.
Time passed. He got away.
— Mahnoor Saeed (@Mah_noorjahan) June 23, 2020
My sister was telling me about the girls who shared their harassment stories in the lums group and i just wanna say im soo fucking proud of each and every single one of them. They saved soo many girls from future potential harassers.
— Aleeha (@Yekiabakwaashai) June 24, 2020
Shattered to read the growing accounts of abuse and harassment women at LUMS have been bravely coming forward with, and struggling to accept that the place I considered to be the safest space was hardly that for so, so many others. https://t.co/WxR8eaPfMG
— Hafsa Khawaja (@Hafsa_Khawaja) June 24, 2020
Meanwhile, a LUMS alumna wrote a letter to the administration of the university, demanding them to ‘re-evaluate’ the existing sexual harassment policy of the university. She demands them to develop and adopt a protocol where students are supported when they come forth with such claims. Treat them with respect, appropriate sensitivity, and provide them an access to necessary care for their mental health.”
The alumna noted that the universities’ staff members, particularly the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), often discourage the victims to pursue formal complaints on grounds that they do not have sufficient evidence and will be caught up in a lengthy hearing process with limited chances of success.
Nida Kirmani, an associate professor at LUMS, tweeted: I don’t have access to LDF, but I’m reading about the troubling stories being narrated there. More power to the women who are sharing. Hope they report to the Sexual Harassment Committee. I know it’s not perfect, but it’s important that the mechanism is used & strengthened.”
I don’t have access to LDF, but I’m reading about the troubling stories being narrated there. More power to the women who are sharing. Hope they report to the Sexual Harassment Committee. I know it’s not perfect, but it’s important that the mechanism is used & strengthened.
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) June 24, 2020
LUMS has a history of threatening women with defamation for talking about their abusers with friends, warning others and sharing their stories. Tell me — where do we go if not online? Who is there to listen to us?
— wafa (@baewafa2) June 21, 2020
Its when you allow fucking 4th year students with repeated charges for harrassment in positions of power, such as O week/EC where they have DIRECT access and influence on vulnerable and naive freshman girls that you enable a whole culture of sexual exploitation on campus.
— meerub (@notmeeru) June 21, 2020
The society culture in L*UMS is so predatory for female freshmen. Grown ass men in their fourth or third year actively using their positions of power to groom young women. Oweek Dramaline LES you name it. Happens in every fucking society
— no-neck Ed from 90 day fiance hate account (@lookitshnb) June 21, 2020
Another LUMS alumna took to Twitter to support the victims coming with such accusations. She said, “Seems like lumsu is having its #MeToo reckoning. During my time there, heard/witnessed so many stories of otherwise loved men. More power to the girls who are doing what many of us never knew how to.”
Seems like lumsu is having its #MeToo reckoning. During my time there, heard/witnessed so many stories of otherwise loved men. More power to the girls who are doing what many of us never knew how to.
— mariam (@unearthedd) June 23, 2020
I am too tired to deal with explaining things but I would seriously urge all instructors at LUMS to:
1. GIVE lectures on harassment, assault and boundaries every semester
2. Push the admin to reform the DC and harassment committee. Increase female representation.
— rehmkarlay (@farrukh_rahma) June 24, 2020