A cabin crew trainee with Jet Airways was arrested after a batchmate alleged she was harassed and molested by him on two occasions earlier this month.
The 23-year-old trainee, Ubaid Khan, a resident of Andheri, was remanded in police custody by a court in Mumbai on Saturday. He was arrested on Friday after police received a formal complaint from his 25-year-old batch-mate who lives in Malad.
The victim alleged she had faced sexual and mental harassment over the past three weeks.
“The first incident was on the evening of May 5 in a building in Chakala where about 20 trainees with Jet Airways reside. Khan and I were incidentally alone in the room and he tried to physically overpower me, but I escaped,” the victim told The Indian Express.
“The second incident was on May 9 during lunch break, in the lift of our Andheri East office building, between the ground floor and fourth floor,” the victim said.
Khan was charged under sections of the Indian Penal Code related to sexual harassment, criminal intimidation and use of criminal force with the intent of outraging a woman’s modesty.
Police said they have registered a case of molestation and not rape. Officials said police were making inquiries with colleagues of the two trainees and checking CCTV footage as part of their investigation.
The victim further alleged Jet Airways had not accepted her written complaint. She said officials of the airline “seemed disinterested and tried to convince me not to register a complaint as it would take six to 12 months to resolve the matter”.
“They said I was a good looking girl and that it would ruin my career. But despite my insistence on some action, I was threatened with suspension,” the victim said.
A statement posted by Jet Airways on Twitter said the airline had a “zero tolerance” policy for such conduct.
"On May 14, a cabin crew trainee contacted our operations in-charge and said she was being harassed by her batch-mate. In the course of the conversation, she also said she has been molested by him,” the statement said.
“We immediately advised the trainee to hand over a written statement so that we can initiate action as per the HR policy related to handling cases of sexual harassment. At Jet Airways, we have zero tolerance for such conduct at workplace.”