The Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered the Sindh government to station women commandos inside and outside all public and private universities in the province’s girls’ hostels.
The court reached this ruling, according to facts, to provide complete security of the lives of dormitory students so that they can study in a tranquil environment.
The Sindh government has been ordered to guarantee that only women are employed as staff members in all university hostels across the province. It has also threatened to bring contempt proceedings against university administrations that refuse to follow the court’s most recent directions.
The brief ruling came during the hearing of a case challenging Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr. Aneela Atta-ur-Rehman of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical (SMBBM) University Larkana’s forced leave after two female hostel students allegedly committed suicide in the span of two years.
During the hearing, the SHC’s two-member bench, led by Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar, authorised Dr. Aneela Atta-ur-Rehman to resume the charge, despite the fact that the court found no provision in the SMBBM University Act for the VC to be placed on forced leave.
In September 2019, Nimirta Chandani, a final-year BDS student, was discovered dead in her hostel room. Her death was later ruled a suicide in tumultuous circumstances. In November 2021, Nosheen Shah Kazmi, a fourth-year MBBS student, was discovered hanging from her hostel room’s ceiling fan.
Authorities are looking into both of these deaths. Last month, it was revealed that detectives had discovered new DNA evidence pointing to a guy as the perpetrator in both deaths.