SHC admits petition for judicial investigation about death of SU student

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HYDERABAD: Sindh High Court here on Wednesday admitted a petition which prayed the court to order formation of a judicial commission to investigate death of a student in Sindh University’s girls hostel room on January 1.

The Hyderabad Circuit Bench of Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto and Justice Abdul Rasheed Soomro issued notices to the respondents to submit reply on January 30.

According to details, the petitioners including a Sindh University’s student Qirat Fatima and 7 others pleaded the SHC to form a judicial commission headed by a sitting judge of SHC or a district and session judge mandated to probe mysterious death of Naila Rind.

They appealed that the commission should be mandated to investigate the actual cause of the incident while also making recommendations for preventive measures to ensure safety and security at the girls hostels.

They pointed out to the court a lack of enforcement of anti-sexual harassment laws in the university and requested the bench to order implementation of the law.

The petitioners’ counsel advocate Ali Palh also pleaded the court to order the varsity to submit details of the harassment cases reported so far by the students.

They further requested the court to order installation of CCTV cameras, deployment of security guards and maintaining of the entry and exit registers among many other measures to improve environment and security at the hostels.

The petitioners informed the court that a bungalow meant for an official of the Sindh University had been given to the police which had been occupying it for accommodation of SSP Jamshoro district.

They prayed the court to order the university and IG Sindh to get the bungalow vacated from the SSP and to relocate the police official’s residence to some other place outside the university premises.

The petition cited the letters of Hyderabad and Jamshoro bar associations for constituting a judicial commission as well as commissioner Hyderabad division’s comments concerning shortcomings in the hostel management in the SU.

The SHC issued notices to the respondents including Sindh home secretary, federal and provincial ombudsmen, IG Sindh, VC and Registrar SU, DIG Hyderabad, Commissioner Hyderabad and SSP Jamshoro to submit reply.

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