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Cases of women harassment at work increase in Sindh: report

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KARACHI: The number of harassment cases against working women in Sindh has registered a sharp increase, says a report issued by the Sindh Ombudsman Office.

According to the report, some top officials in Sindh government departments are also involved in harassing female colleagues.

During the first four months of the ongoing year, at least 57 cases of harassment against women were reported. While since 2013, a total of 213 such cases were brought to the notice of ombudsman.

Most of the cases, during first four months of this year, were reported from district South; Of them. majority of the complaints poured in from the Civil Hospital and the Sindh Secretariat.

Two doctors were also sacked for harassing females at the hospital.

The provincial ombudsman said several employees at government and private institutions were punished after being proven guilty in bothering females at work.

The Sindh government had appointed retired district and sessions judge Syed Pir Ali Shah as provincial ombudsman for protection against harassment of women at the workplace for a period of four years in June 2012.

With that appointment Sindh had become the first province to have a provincial ombudsman to provide a legal forum to women enabling them to lodge complaints against sexual harassment at the workplace.

 

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