Air hostess sexual harassment case: WCD Minister asks for immediate action


New Delhi: Union Women and Child Development (WCD) minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi on Monday directed the head of the Internal Complaints Committee of Air India to complete the probe into alleged sexual harassment of an air hostess within June.

The direction comes after the air hostess, who accused a senior executive of Air India of sexually harassing her, met the Union in New Delhi on Monday. The WCD minister has also taken up the matter with Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, a statement issued by the WCD ministry said.

“Maneka has also spoken to the head of the Internal Complaints Committee of Air India and has directed her to complete the inquiry within June,” an official statement said.

According to sources, the air hostess has alleged that she had been harassed for the last six years by the senior executive and described him as a predator and equal, if not worse, than Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood filmmaker charged with sexual misconduct by leading actresses.

“The senior executive is a predator and has sexually propositioned me, abused me, used abusive languages on other women in my presence, spoken of sexual acts with me and other women in my presence,” the complainant stated in her complaint letter.

“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 added.

The woman said that she would reveal the name of the executive if she gets an audience with the aviation minister.

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