The Supreme Court ordered former news director Athar Farooq Battar, who was found guilty of sexual harassment on Pakistan Television (PTV), to pay a fine of Tk 5.5 lakh to six female victims.
The Supreme Court gave this judgment in the case of sexual harassment of women in PTV and the 8-page judgment was written by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, in a written judgment in the case, said that the evidence proved that the women were sexually harassed with the lure of positions in PTV.
The Supreme Court directed Athar Farooq Battar to pay a fine of Rs 5.5 lakh to 6 women and directed that if the offender does not pay the fine, the fine should be paid to the affected women on his property.
In the judgment, the Supreme Court welcomed the Women’s Workplace Harassment Protection Bill 2022 and said that while it is laudable that the bill gives the right of each gender to complain about harassment, any form of discrimination is also declared as harassment in the bill.
Referring to the bill in the decision, it is hoped that the amendments will be implemented, it is hoped that the law will promote the freedom and social justice of women and transgenders, it is constitutional to them. Right to provide environment free from threat and harassment to women.
Notably, in 2016, 5 women of Pakistan Television filed a sexual harassment complaint against Athar Farooq Butter, Controller and Director News.
Former controller of PTV Athar Farooq Buttar is now living in Canada after retirement.