LAHORE: A high-level inquiry ordered by Punjab IGP Mushtaq Sukhera has reportedly found the allegations of exploitation (sexual harassment) of under-training women sub-inspectors by the senior officials of their training college as totally baseless, defeating the attempt to sabotage the first-ever step by the provincial government to induct educated and highly-trained young people into the provincial police to improve its image.
Sources in the Punjab police told media that the inquiry team had declared that the scandal was concocted and the result of “professional jealousy”.
It said contents of the scandal published in a section of the press were based on an anonymous (unsigned) letter and during the inquiry they were found to be baseless.
The inquiry committee was constituted by the IGP even after issuing a rebuttal to the media a day after the publication of the allegations. It was headed by Additional IGP Establishment Naseemuzzaman and comprised Punjab Constabulary Commandant Husain Asghar and SSP Akbar Nasir.
The IGP had categorically contradicted allegations on their second appearance in a section of the press. The rebuttal had said there was no formal complaint by any quarter regarding the sexual harassment of the women officers by the college administration including its commandant. However, he had offered an inquiry to impartially have the allegations checked.