A row erupted in the conservative Islamic nation of Pakistan after a university teacher included a passage about “love making” between a brother and sister in the examination paper, seeking students’ comments on it.
The incident occurred in December last year at Comsat University Islamabad. But it surfaced only lately after somebody posted the controversial text with questions on social media.
According to the details, an English language lecturer teaching a class of BS Engineering took a surprise quiz on December 6, comprising a passage about a French brother and sister who make love while staying in a cabin on a beach during a summer vacation trip.
“What do you think about that? Was it ok for them to make love?” are some of the questions asked at the end of the passage.
The university after an internal inquiry on January 5 terminated the lecturer who was serving as a visiting faculty member and also blacklisted him for any future teaching engagements.
Additional Registrar of Comsat University, Naveed Khan, confirmed to the media that the lecturer had been dismissed after he admitted his fault during the probe.
“It (the incident) is true and the university in a stern action has removed the teacher,” he said, adding that the teacher told the inquiry committee that he copy-pasted a passage from a case study without properly reading it.
The matter would have gone unnoticed had the Ministry of Science and Technology not through a letter of January 19 sought an explanation from the university.
Though, the university apparently satisfied the ministry that action had been taken against the teacher it somehow landed on social media and in the parliament, creating a storm.
Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan of right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami addressing the Senate demanded a house probe to know who appointed the lecturer and what was the objective to ask the provocative question.
“There should be a probe to ask the university about it… It is an attack on our religion, our honour and values,” he said.
Senator Zaraq Taimor of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf also made a similar demand, forcing the house to refer the matter to a special committee to probe it.
The issue was also trending on Twitter as #COMSATS and many people were demanding action to stop the repeat of such incidents in future.
Shame on you @cuissbc Your pathetic university should be sealed & the perverted teachers should be kicked out. whoever asked this question should be behind bars. How dare you ask this filthy question? #COMSATS #comsatsuniversity pic.twitter.com/Wb3kvOHew2
— Mishi khan (@mishilicious) February 20, 2023
“Shame on you @cuissbs. Your pathetic university should be sealed and the perverted teachers should be kicked out. Whoever asked this question should be behind the bars. How dare you ask this filthy question?” actress Mishi Khan wrote on Twitter.
(With inputs from PTI)
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