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Air India Staffer Alleges Sexual Harassment by Senior, WCD Ministry Orders Probe

Claiming that she was sexually harassed for six years, Air India air hostess tweeted to civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, following which Prabhu took cognizance of the matter.

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Updated:May 29, 2018, 3:42 PM IST
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New Delhi: Days after an Air India crew member charged a pilot of molestation, another staffer has accused a senior executive of sexually harassing her. The woman alleged that she was “denied positions and privileges” after she refused his advances.

Claiming that she was sexually harassed for six years, the air hostess tweeted to civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, following which Prabhu took cognizance of the matter.

He asked Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola to look into the matter and said that if necessary, he will appoint another committee. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has also formed a committee and said that a joint secretary will investigate the details of the case.

In a letter, the woman said that she finally mustered up the courage to speak about the issue in September last year, and complained to the CMD but not action was taken.

“This senior executive is a predator and has sexually propositioned me, abused me, used abusive language on other women in my presence in the office premises and he has tried to compel women in his office (including me) to come and drink with him at various bars, and many of us have been forced to do so. There are many people who can bear witness to these things,” she said in the letter.

Alleging that the Internal Committee is a farce, the woman further said that when she approached the Air India woman’s cell, the in-charge told her, “This is how he (senior executive) talks. He has flirted like that with me also.”

The air hostess said that the accused officer was protected by his “Old Boy’s Club”, and was not suspended or transferred despite the complaint.

The Air India staffer has chosen not to file an FIR, and instead approach the ministry on the issue.

In the first week of May, an air hostess had alleged that she was molested by the pilot of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai flight, following which a scuffle broke out between the complainant and the pilot onboard the flight.

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