PESHAWAR, 22 September: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to appoint a Mohtasib to hear complaints of sexual harassment.

A two-member bench of the PHC headed by Justice Qaiser Rashid issued these orders on Thursday on a petition filed by Da Hawa Loor, a non-governmental organisation. The petition stated that Mohtasibs have been appointed in Punjab, Sindh and on federal level to hear such cases, while the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has not appointed Mohtasib for hearing cases of women victims of sexual harassment despite repeated surfacing of such cases at educational institutions and other departments.

Additional Advocate General Mohiuddin Humayun told the court that the provincial government has taken all necessary steps in this regard and such powers should be granted to the provincial Mohtasib. However, the women’s rights commission is seeking appointment of a female ombudsperson for this purpose. He assured that Mohtasib for hearing women sexual harassment cases will be appointed within one month.