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‘We need to come down very heavily on sex offenders,’ says Air India CMD

On Wednesday, Air India’s management had initiated an enquiry against one of its senior captains on sexual harassment charges after receiving a written complaint from the woman pilot.

india Updated: May 17, 2019 07:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Air India’s chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani warned employees of stern action against those accused of sexual harassment.
Air India’s chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani warned employees of stern action against those accused of sexual harassment.(MINT PHOTO)
         

Air India’s chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani said on Thursday that the airline needs to take stern action against any employee accused of sexually harassing women colleagues.

Reacting to a woman pilot’s recent allegation that she had been sexually harassed by a senior captain in Hyderabad on May 5, Lohani said in his message to employees, “It is shameful that sexual harassment cases are often being witnessed in Air India. We need to come down very very heavily on such offenders. Pass this message down the line especially in departments related to operations.”

On Wednesday, Air India’s management had initiated an enquiry against one of its senior captains on sexual harassment charges after receiving a written complaint from the woman pilot.

The woman employee in her complaint had alleged that the senior captain had asked her several inappropriate questions when they were attending a training session in Hyderabad.

In her complaint, she said, “The instructor reportedly suggested dinner at a city restaurant in Hyderabad on May 5 after the training session was over. I agreed as I had done a few flights with him and he seemed decent. We went to a restaurant at around 8 pm and this is where my ordeal started.”

“He started with telling me how depressed and unhappy he was in his married life. He also asked me how I coped with my husband living away and whether I didn’t need to have sex every day... At some point, I told him I did not want to talk about all this and called a cab,” read the complaint from the woman pilot.