- Investigation committee rejects anonymous letter against police officers
An investigation committee, constituted to probe anonymous harassment complaint against police officers at the Police Lines Headquarters has given a clean chit to all suspects, while declaring that that anonymous letter did not own any female officer.
Last month, female officers at the Police Lines had accused their male bosses of sexual harassment through an anonymous letter to the Minister for Interior Affairs, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court and the Inspector General of the Islamabad Police, urging them to take action against the officers.
Following the anonymous letter, the committee headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police Nasir Mehmood Satti, comprising Assistant Inspector General of Police Asmatullah Junejo, Superintendent of Police SP Sumera Azam, and Superintendent of Police Arsala Saleem was constituted which issued a clean-chit to all suspects.
During the inquiry, the committee declared that not a single female police officer confirmed the sexual harassment by their male colleagues at the Police Line. The committee recorded statements of 946 female police officers. During the inquiry, not a single police officer confirmed the anonymous letter which alleged that the female police officer were being harassed in the Police Line.
On a daily basis, statements of 100 female officers were recorded but not a single officer confirmed the anonymous letter which indicated that the letter was written generally just to highlight the issue which may be occurred but anonymous complainant wanted to protect her job while hiding her identity.
The letter had alleged that senior and junior police officers offer to dispose of departmental inquiries or other matters against women officials in exchange for sexual favours. When contacted, AIG Operations Asmatullah Junejo confirmed that the final report – after completion – has been submitted to the police chief.
The IGP office submitted the final report before the Supreme Court. The official also confirmed that not a single female officer confirmed the letter during the investigations. Therefore, all the suspects have been given a clean chit, he said.