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Suresh Prabhu orders enquiry after Air India hostess accuses executive of sexual harassment

The woman had said she would name of harassing employee after meeting Suresh Prabhu.

india Updated: May 29, 2018 23:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu
Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu (PTI)

Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has asked Air India’s chairman and managing director (CMD) Pradeep Singh Kharola to enquire into a female flight attendant’s complaint of sexual harassment against a senior executive at the state-run airline.

“Asked Air India CMD to immediately address this issue. If necessary, will appoint another committee,” Prabhu wrote in a Twitter post in reply to the flight attendant’s complaint.

The woman, who has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prabhu,has described the executive as a “predator”.

“This senior executive is a predator and has sexually propositioned me, abused me, used abusive language on other women in my presence, spoken of sexual acts with me and other women in my presence in 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,” she said in her complaint, a copy of which has been seen by HT.

“He has insulted me and denied me positions and privileges after I rejected his advances and he had made my life a misery at work and continues to do so,” she alleged. “Sadly, the AI women’s cell did nothing to act on the issue and dragged their feet on the matter.”

The complainant has said that she would reveal the name of the executive once she meets the aviation minister. The Air India spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

First Published: May 29, 2018 22:57 IST