Ministry of Human Rights tells University of Lahore to re-admit expelled students

The ministry termed the expulsion as ‘moral policing’

Ifra Abbas

Ifra Abbas

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Ministry of Human Rights (MoHR) requests The University of Lahore to re-admit expelled students. The HR ministry has written a letter to the vice-chancellor of the university.

The University of Lahore expelled two students who expressed their love to each other and their video went viral on the internet. The video clearly showed a girl getting down on one knee and asking the guy to marry her with a bouquet of roses and later both hugged each other.

On the 12th of March, the management of the University expelled the students saying that both were involved in an inappropriate act and voilated the rules and asked them to appear before special disciplinary committee which they did not.

Their video and then how the university expelled them created an uproar on the internet and many celebrities and politicians including Sharmila Faruqi and Fawad Chaudhry were in favour of the couple and criticised the university for its decision.

The letter from the MoHR stated that the university has expelled the students without giving them a chance to explain themselves and the management has overreacted on the matter.

MoHR Parliamentary Secretary Lal Chand Malhi wrote a letter to the University of Lahore’s vice-chancellor saying, “Both the girl and the boy did not commit such a heinous crime for which they were punished “severely and expelled from the university. This would destroy their career and future education opportunities.”

He further stated, “This kind of freedom[proposing] is outlined in Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which Pakistan is party and also under the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”