The University of Lahore expelled students after their video of public display of affection (PDA) went viral on the internet this week.
A video of a university girl proposing to her mate created a frenzy on social media. Both the girl and the boy publicly hugged each other on the premises of the university, showed the video. Other university students gathered around them as the girl went down on her knees to propose to the boy.
— Dis'Qualified Hafsa Akram🇵🇰 (@Hafsa_RG) March 13, 2021
The students gained colossal attention on social media, however, their actions did not go well with the university administration.
The university issued a letter on Friday stating that the disciplinary committee has decided to expel students from the university.
“A meeting of the Special Disciplinary Committee was held on 12-3-2021 at 10:30 am in the Office of the Rector,” reads the notification.
The university charged students with violating the code of conduct. It said that the two students “were involved in gross misconduct and violation of University rules”, adding that they were summoned before the committee but “failed to appear”.
The statement further read that in pursuance of Section 9 of the General Discipline and Code of Conduct on the Campus, the committee has decided to expel students from the university.
“Furthermore, as per Section 16 […] they are debarred from entering the premises of the University of Lahore and all its sub-campuses.”
Meanwhile, Pakistani Twitter flourished with hilarious memes. The incident is among the top trend on social media under the hashtag #UniversityOfLahore. A large number of social media users trolled the couple while some lambasted them for violating moral values.
— JaAni🔥 (@its_JaAni_) March 13, 2021
Twitter is abuzz with a heavy discourse on whether young students should be allowed to show love and affection publically. The conservative group, however, has demanded a ban on co-education. They attribute growing indecency in society to co-education and have demanded the government to take notice of such incidents.
A country where pedophiles are defended and protected in the name of child marriage and converting religion of little girls we are uncomfortable with two consenting adults expressing love for each other. We reduce our so called morals to a joke everyday. #UniversityOfLahore
— M. Jibran Nasir 🇵🇸 (@MJibranNasir) March 12, 2021
Meanwhile, social activist Jibran Nasir has argued in favour of the students in his tweet. He said that in “A country where paedophiles are defended and protected in the name of child marriage and converting religion of little girls we are uncomfortable with two consenting adults expressing love for each other. We reduce our so-called morals to a joke every day.”