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Want justice, says AI airhostess

The 24-year-old airhostess with Air India, who accused a pilot and his co-pilot of misbehaviour in mid-air, said on Wednesday that all she wanted was justice.

delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2009 00:11 IST

The 24-year-old airhostess with Air India, who accused a pilot and his co-pilot of misbehaviour in mid-air, said on Wednesday that all she wanted was justice.

The pilot of IC-884 Ranbir Arora and co-pilot Aditya Chopra were accused of molestation and assault in flight while it was flying over Pakistan on October 3.

The mid-air scuffle on the Sharjah-Lucknow-Delhi flight also reportedly involved flight purser Amit Khanna. The pilot and the co-pilot were called for questioning by Delhi Police on Tuesday evening and were later arrested. The two were, however, later released on bail.

Talking to Hindustan Times, the airhostess said: “The offences are bailable and that is why they were released but I want justice from everyone - the police, Air India management and the National Commission for Women (NCW).” The airhostess of the government owned airline has lodged a complaint with the NCW. She was called for an enquiry by the commission on Wednesday.

“Now I want justice from all of them,” she said.

Her uncle Sanjay Jain expressed his dissatisfaction with the government’s inaction. “The NCW is working on the issue but the government has done nothing,” he said. “The accused are out on bail and no other action has been taken against them.”
He said his niece’s parents who live in Himachal Pradesh were unwell, but “we will go to any length to get justice”.

“She has been working for the airline for almost five years and nothing like this has happened before. She is not the kind of girl who would suffer such behaviour silently,” he said.

Outside support
Former cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad on Wednesday demanded action against the accused at a press conference. “The pilot and co-pilot were arrested and released immediately. I have come to know that they have been given ‘clean chit’ by the airline’s management.”

Azad said he has written to the Prime Minister asking him to take up the issue at a personal level.