President upholds dismissal of Pemra DG in harassment case

Sunday, Oct 02, 2022

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi Saturday upheld a decision of the Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace of the major penalty of dismissal from service to the PEMRA director general and also enhanced the fine from Rs2m to Rs2.5m.

He held that it had been established beyond any reasonable doubt that the female employee was harassed by the accused with verbal vulgar sexual and demeaning comments and demands by the appellant. The President observed that he had taken strong exception and used the full force of the law when such matters were brought to light. He said it was aimed at unleashing women’s great economic potential which remained unexploited due to their fear of harassment at the workplace.

The President ordered that the amount of compensation shall be recovered from arrears of pay (if any), pension emoluments or any other source (property) of the appellant as per Section 4(i)(d) of the Protection Against the Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010 and be given to the complainant as compensation in lieu of the hardships faced by her at the hands of the appellant.

The landmark decision was announced after the President gave prolonged hearings to the accused and the complainant and their counsel besides factoring in evidence and recording the statements of the witnesses on record and minutely perusing the entire proceedings of the case.