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Pakistani women cricketers banned for false sex harassment claims

Published Oct 25, 2013 08:00pm


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Pakistani women cricketers celebrate during an international match. – File Photo
Pakistani women cricketers celebrate during an international match. – File Photo

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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Harleen Oct 25, 2013 08:31pm

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 Oct 25, 2013 08:35pm

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 Oct 25, 2013 09:40pm

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 Oct 25, 2013 10:14pm

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 Oct 25, 2013 11:00pm

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 Oct 25, 2013 11:14pm

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 sorry daughter's of Pakistan..really sorry...May Allah heal your wounds..

Allaisa Oct 25, 2013 11:21pm

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 Oct 25, 2013 11:34pm

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

Imran Oct 25, 2013 11:58pm

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 Oct 26, 2013 02:24am
  1. Oversees*
  2. This has "muzzled" written all over it.
johny blue Oct 26, 2013 11:20am

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 Oct 26, 2013 02:23pm

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

Zubair Khan Oct 26, 2013 04:43pm

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 Oct 26, 2013 04:47pm

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 Oct 26, 2013 05:53pm

Now, Ladies turn!

Tanvir Oct 26, 2013 07:40pm

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 Oct 26, 2013 07:38pm

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 Oct 26, 2013 08:05pm

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 Oct 26, 2013 10:00pm

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 Oct 26, 2013 10:26pm

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 Oct 27, 2013 01:37am

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

Oz Oct 27, 2013 01:39am

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 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 Oct 27, 2013 02:56am

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 Oct 27, 2013 04:23am

Paid off or scared off?

rizwan Oct 27, 2013 06:33am

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 Oct 27, 2013 12:59pm

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 Oct 27, 2013 02:09pm

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

Mr Khan Oct 27, 2013 03:24pm

Sorry but I believe the women.

Karachi Wala Oct 27, 2013 04:34pm

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 Oct 27, 2013 11:55pm

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

jaggy Oct 28, 2013 02:42am

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 Oct 28, 2013 03:28am

It's a big joke victim becomes offender

Um Ul Baneen Oct 28, 2013 03:05pm

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 Oct 28, 2013 04:40pm

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 Oct 28, 2013 05:46pm

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 Oct 28, 2013 05:53pm

@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.