The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi has reportedly expelled a student for helping bring to light a case in which a female member of staff was harrassed by a male. This action comes in the wake of protests by IBA students against the case, which was described as workplace harrassment.
According to a copy of the ruling by the university’s Disciplinary Committee, which is circulating online, the student Mohammad Gibrail stood accused of “defaming” the university on social and broadcast media, as well as “inciting the masses especially the students to protest” against the institute.
Earlier reports had indicated that the student was asked to issue a public apology and remove his social media posts about the incident. His refusal was met with threats of expulsion. IBA students had earlier been protesting against what they described as pressure being brought to bear against him by the university administration.
Gibrail has said that he was outraged by the treatment of the female member of staff that he witnessed. He had written a Facebook post that described what happened. The action against him by the university administration is being condemned by social media commentators.