PTV anchor resigns from channel after harassment controversy

On Wednesday,Tanzeela Mazhar, PTV anchor whose account of harassment and unwanted advances by a senior rocked the media, announced her resignation from TV channel.

Tanzeela wrote in her Tweet “PTV is being high-jacked by Perverts.i did my bit to improve things alas moral corruption won over morals I will cherish my working with PTV.”

She alleged “Overall, the environment at this office had become absolutely non-conducive and I was being threatened in every possible way to submit to that environment to secure my job and career.”

“After my resistance/confronting [my abuser] on his attitude, I was exploited and put off screen for [a] few months,” she added.

Ministry of information was unable to comment  on the matter as it was unaware of the development.

Tanzeela Mazhar said “I resigned because the man in question was reinstated.”

“Even though our contracts were renewed, we were not being given air time. To take a government salary but not work was unacceptable to me and “It saddens me that the government did not take this matter up — committees are made for the smallest of matters, but no one came forward to help us on this matter.”

Mazhar was one of two female anchors from PTV — the other being Yashfeen Jamal — who had lodged a formal complaint with PTV management last year about the current affairs director making sexual advances and harassing the two.

Mazhar had expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the way PTV had investigated the case and failed to take ‘sufficient’ action against the abuser in a TV show aired by a private channel on 22nd January.

According to the timeline provided under Section 4(4) of the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010, the inquiry committee should have submitted the report by the end of Dec 2016 or early Jan 2017.