Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) came under criticism on Twitter when a number of women came forward with their own experiences of emotional abuse, misconduct, and harassment they had to face while visiting the university. Some serious allegations of rape were also made.
The majority of Twitter users showed support to the women who suffered their unbearable and stressful experience on the university campus. The women’s story got viral when they were retweeted and shared by the public on social media starting on Twitter and then on Facebook as well.
The students and locals started a campaign regarding university policy to tackle these kinds of situations but university management has not yet taken any noticeable action against the scandal. Those who leveled the allegations reportedly include current and former female students of the university.
LUMS is one of the top highly ranked Pakistani universities, which caught itself in a fee hike controversy a few months back due to the increase in fee structure while there was the coronavirus pandemic. Although, the university came forward to address and negated the news with details, and the matter got solved.
Twitteratis exposed the LUMS harassment scandal
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
Shocked and traumatized for life!— Michelle Naeem (@MichelleNaeem1) June 23, 2020
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.
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
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
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
Recently a private university dismissed some students and imposed a heavy penalty on students who were involved in sharing memes against the university faculty. University is also going to strip down the degree holders students if they did not make an apology in written form.
As for the misconduct and sexual harassment case, the university came up with an explanation that the women were outsiders and the university was unable to pursue the case further.
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