KARACHI: Pakistan cricket authorities on Friday banned five women cricketers for falsely accusing their male officials of sexual harassment after an investigation ruled they lied about the allegations.

In June this year, five women cricketers from the central Multan region accused their club chairman and a team selector of demanding sexual favours in return for their selection in the regional and national teams.

The charges were initially made in a television show but Sultan Alam, chairman of Multan Cricket Club, and his selector Mohammad Javed denied the allegations.

Seema Javed, a prominent club cricketer, alleged that Alam, 70, once came to her and asked her to convince another girl to give him favours.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) set up an inquiry to look into the allegations which ruled that the five players should be banned for six months and censured Multan cricket officials.

“The inquiry committee set up to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment by five women cricketers against the management of Multan Cricket Club has recommended that all five should be banned from playing any form of cricket for six months with effect from October 23, 2013,” PCB announced in a press release.

According to the same release, when questioned by the committee, three of the five women, including Javed, “categorically denied having been sexually harassed or having seen such harassment taking place,” while the other two women declined to present their case at the inquiry.

All three who were questioned were serving one penalty or ban for various offences and that was the focus of their complaint, the release added.

The Multan District Cricket Association, which overseas cricket in the region, has also been censured and asked to keep a close watch on Multan Cricket Club and ensure that all clubs registered with them follow the regulations and disciplinary procedures of PCB, the release said.

Ayesha Ashaar, the convener of the probe committee and manager of Pakistan women's cricket, said that even after they have served the ban, “all five girls will be kept under probation for a period of one year after which the evaluation of their conduct will be made.”

Pakistani women cricketers have done well on the international level during previous few years but young girls still suffer hardships to be allowed to play in the deeply conservative Muslim nation.

The national women cricket team is governed by the PCB, which looks after all affairs relating to the game and players in the country.

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Comments (36)

Harleen
October 25, 2013 8:31 pm

A woman will never win against man in Pakistan. Even the laws as they exist are heavily tilted in favour of men. In India it is difficult to get the accused convicted in court of law in cases of sexual harrasment but in Pakistan it is impossible.

Zubair
October 25, 2013 8:35 pm

What a shame!!! Who does not know what happens with all these female players. What kind of demands are made by PCB officials before allowing them to play at domestic and international levels .

There needs to be some kind of strict mechanism of punishment in PCB to discourage these practices. But with this action of banning 5 players, I am afraid these "authorities" will further exploit these women players. I am 99% sure that these girls were right and their allegations were real.

Ali
October 25, 2013 9:40 pm

Girls in this conservative country specially in a place like Multan do not generally go out in the open to complain about sexual harassment , there could be some truth into the allegations. Another investigation should be held by a judge to determine the facts.

Sridhar
October 25, 2013 10:14 pm

What a surprise! PCB that has been universally acclaimed as a fair, efficient, trustworthy body above reproach, has dispensed a Solomonic judgment!! Next stop for these eminent judges is International Court of Justice in The Hague.

amd
October 25, 2013 11:00 pm

No woman will raise false charges of sexual harassment unless there is a reason.This is because women value their self respect much more than men This again shows how male dominated society still is,so being born in this male dominated society is like undergoing life imprisonment for a woman

Faisal
October 25, 2013 11:14 pm

Well this is Pakistan, victims get the punishment, is man's land..shame .. I know Pakistan girls they will never make false complaint, but in Pakistan you will never take your rights...im sorry daughter's of Pakistan..really sorry...May Allah heal your wounds..

Allaisa
October 25, 2013 11:21 pm

i am sure the real reason for the ban is that they failed to produce four male pious Muslims in support of their allegations and so they were punished. So what is new?

alladitta
October 25, 2013 11:34 pm

the poor banned girls fell prey to sharia. were unable to bring 5 witness muslim men.

Imran
October 25, 2013 11:58 pm

It sounds like these women players have been harassed by the board and treated the way one would expect from Pakistani system as they are now being silenced. This happens to women all over the sub continent. They (women victims) are made out to look like criminals and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Wow. All five or six were lying about this ? Only in India and Pakistan.

Faisal
October 26, 2013 2:24 am
  1. Oversees*
  2. This has "muzzled" written all over it.
johny blue
October 26, 2013 11:20 am

This is real shame. i saw the video on you-tube of their blame and i felt the girls were saying correct. Evils and cheaters are ruling pakistani mind. shame on those peoples. now women sports are going in drain in pakistan. best of luck..

aaa
October 26, 2013 2:23 pm

They have surely been forced to take back their allegations. I saw their interview of allegations they were totally genuine.

Zubair Khan
October 26, 2013 4:43 pm

In a society where females are favourites to level such allegations and normally men are charged for it, current decision is quite pleasant. Female now will have to be extra cautious to allege any men for sexual harassment.

Nadeem Chaudhry
October 26, 2013 4:47 pm

5 of 12 team members speak of sexual harassment and they are found guilty of making false allegations!? Someone rightly said that in Islamic countries "Rape is punishment while it's considered a crime in the rest of the world"

jay
October 26, 2013 5:53 pm

Now, Ladies turn!

Tanvir
October 26, 2013 7:40 pm

Not sure who is lying or who is pushing the truth under the rug. This matter should have been investigated by an independent committee outside the influence of the PCB or its relted orgnizations & officials.

ramu
October 26, 2013 7:38 pm

I assume the investigating committee were all men in power! Pakistanis have to be little more honest.about their treatment of women and minorities.

Agha Ata
October 26, 2013 8:05 pm

False sexual harassment in Pakistan would be possible in remote future, when most of the men really stop harassing women. Right now women don't have to lie. Harassment is always there. Accusing them of this blame is also a way to control women. (From a male feminist)

Ahluwalia
October 26, 2013 10:00 pm

What else one can expect from a male dominated society ?No wonder the women are not fairly treated and their voice is not heard with the respect and seriousness in tribal areas . Does one expect the offenders of such serious nature to publicly accept such a serious misconduct ?

Maliha Husain
October 26, 2013 10:26 pm

Why has the Pakistan Cricket Board not complied with the anti-sexual harassment legislation three and a half years after the law were passed? The case was not handled according to the law.

khan78
October 27, 2013 1:37 am

Banning is not good enough...should receive some jail time.

Oz
October 27, 2013 1:39 am

Baycharion ko dara dhamka ker chup kara diya ho ga.. if it is true then these girls should get courage and come out to clean the society from this menace by going to the courts. They dont do that because it will bring shame to their family...as a result, the corrupt swines carry on.

For centuries women have been treated like garbage in Sub-Continent - They all need to stand up and the society should support them for equal rights.

kamran
October 27, 2013 2:56 am

shame on old peoples.y pakistani govt. hv not hire the young persons who do thier job with good spitrit,honestly and hardwork.

A shah
October 27, 2013 4:23 am

Paid off or scared off?

rizwan
October 27, 2013 6:33 am

Poor girls.. put under pressure to deny the charges. Surely they were sexually exploited. But they are threatened to keep quiet. Shame on us Pakistanis.

Sami Qureshi
October 27, 2013 12:59 pm

The first question that arises is whether the Inquiry Commitee is comprised the neutral members headed by the High Court Judge or just the members of the Multan Cricket Club sat together with files to pass judgement against these young girls. As the International Repor, published yesterday putting Pakistan on the lowest position of female victimisation and gender discrimination throughout its society. These Commitees are usually constituted to bury the cases against the officials, vis-a-vis to widen the door of corruptions on larger scale. We do hope that someone would come forward to the Courts for proper justice.

Jil
October 27, 2013 2:09 pm

Arent SA cricket board and ICC is ashamed of SA teams moral reflection on ground...!!!!! they should have been.

Mr Khan
October 27, 2013 3:24 pm

Sorry but I believe the women.

Karachi Wala
October 27, 2013 4:34 pm

This is another example of our decaying society. A fresh inquiry is needed to look into this matter. This time, ICC should also send observers to the proceedings.

John
October 27, 2013 11:55 pm

Learning from men Cricketers to live in limelight for all wrong reasons.

jaggy
October 28, 2013 2:42 am

Ladies: lesson to be learnt is, get sexually abused, do not complain. if you do we will humilate, punish and destroy your careers too.

Atif Wasay
October 28, 2013 3:28 am

It's a big joke victim becomes offender

Um Ul Baneen
October 28, 2013 3:05 pm

The decision seems ambiguous. proper investigation should be carried out to reach the correct decision.But it is not good to blame officials directly without any proof. I think reinvestigation is the most desirable option in the current scenario

masood
October 28, 2013 4:40 pm

My suggestion is that Pakistan Cricket Women team (duly registered with ICC - International Cricket Council) all officials, coach, manager, physiotherapists, even the Cricket Board should all be women. No males and no false allegations or actual harassment from the male dominated sports body. Mr. Najam Sethi and Mrs. Busrhra Aitizaz has the right to dissent from my suggestion.

Amjad
October 28, 2013 5:46 pm

We know our society well and we know it's true people in power are perverted and corrupt seems to me the accused and the judges are the same person

Irfan Baloch
October 28, 2013 5:53 pm

@A shah: paid off? no way scared off and ridiculed as well for sure it takes a lot for a woman in country like Pakistan to speak up because even speaking up means facing the ridicule and criticism its not the west where women sometimes falsify the harassment.

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