Expelled university couple say they did nothing wrong as another video surfaces

By: News Desk      Published: 12:01 PM, 14 Mar, 2021
Expelled university couple say they did nothing wrong as another video surfaces

Two students who were expelled by a university in Lahore the other day for embracing after getting engaged on the campus refused to tender an apology saying they were not sorry for that, as their another video making round on social media.

https://twitter.com/HadiqaZJavaid/status/1370694916301553664

The university expelled the students following a video of the incident spread on social media this week. 

In the clip, a female university student gets down on one knee and proposes to her boyfriend; the couple can then be seen hugging and holding bouquets of flowers as onlookers cheer them on and film the scene. 

The University of Lahore said the pair had acted "in violation of university rules".

It added in a statement on Friday that they had failed to appear before a disciplinary hearing and were later expelled for "serious infraction of the code of conduct".

Public displays of affection between couples -- whether married or not -- are viewed as culturally and religiously unacceptable.

Many women in patriarchal Pakistan find it hard to defy tradition, with much of the society still operating under a strict code of honour. 

The couple has refused to apologise. "We did nothing wrong, and we are not sorry for this," Hadiqa Javaid tweeted.

"Can anyone explain to us what wrong we did by the proposal in public in the University of Lahore?", her fiance Shehryar Ahmed said, adding that couples had previously proposed to each other on campus.

They said they had received online threats for the show of affection.

In the new video which has come to the limelight and the two are not really happy with their proposal video going viral.

Moreover, the girl took it to her alleged Twitter account to clarify that it was not a ‘publicity stunt’. In addition to this, she thanked everyone for their support and kind words.

https://twitter.com/HadiqaZJavaid/status/1370665434349891585 

Condemning the university’s decision, the Progressive Students' Collective union on Saturday tweeted that "moral policing in universities has become a norm lately".

Some universities in Pakistan have barred female students from wearing jeans, tank-tops or makeup, while others regulate interactions between male and female students.

Earlier this week, the organisers of Pakistan's International Women's Day rallies said they had received death threats after a "vicious smear campaign" saw doctored images of the event circulate online.

The annual rallies calling for women's rights have received a fierce backlash since they first began in Karachi in 2018, including legal challenges to have them banned.

With inputs from AFP.