Rawalpindi - A delegation of women principals of government-run collages on Wednesday called on the City Police Officer (CPO) and discussed the matter of filing cases against them for not making proper security arrangements in their educational institutions.

A day before, Police Station (PS) Ratta Amral had lodged cases against the principals of 13 government and private educational institutions on account of poor security arrangements outside their schools and colleges.

The delegation led by Government Woman College Dhoke Hassu Nazli was told by CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi that he would himself look into the matter and would quit First Information Reports (FIRs) if security arrangements of the educational institutions were found as per Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

The CPO said that all were equal in the eyes of law and justice would be provided to women teachers at every cost. The CPO also assured the female teachers that their arrest would not be made till the final investigation report.

A reliable source told this scribe that a police party reached the Government Girls High School, Dhoke Hassu to arrest the principal of the school. However, the school’s principal reportedly managed to dodge the police party and went her native village.

Talking to The Nation, the female teachers strongly condemned the act of police of filing cases against them and demanded of the government to withdraw the cases to remove the apprehensions of teachers. “We are there to teach the students not to stand outside the schools and colleges holding guns in our hands to protect the institutions,” said a female teacher on request of anonymity. She said that providing security to colleges and schools was responsibility of the government.

On the other hand, the heads of all police stations served the heads of all the private and government colleges located along roads with notices to install barriers in front of their main gates or else cases would be registered against them.

District Head Masters Association President Dr Sagheer Alam vehemently denounced the step of law enforcement agencies, saying the heads of schools and teachers would not obey this unlawful and illegal order. He threatened that all schools would be closed if the police or any other authority tried to press the teachers or head masters of government-run schools. He said that the teachers were being harassed by the LEAs without any reason. He said that the duty of teachers was only to impart education to students and not to protect the schools with guns and riffles. He demanded Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif to look into the matter personally and provide teachers with justice. He also demanded of police to quit cases against teachers or else teachers would protest across the province.