Sunday, November 12, 2017

Harassment case: Police seek magistrate’s help to record statements of victim

Thiruvananthapuram: The investigation team probing the air hostess sexual harassment case has sought the assistance of the magistrate to record the statements of the victim again. The police team led by Shanghumugham Assistant Commissioner A R Shanihan decided to approach the magistrate after the victim gave contradictory statements. Earlier, the Valiyathura police had registered a case against a pilot of Air India Express on charges of sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of a woman based on a complaint lodged by a former flight crew member.

The complaint stated that the pilot, identified as Manoj Kumar,  had allegedly sexually harassed her on September 16 in the flight. The complaint stated that the accused had shown obscene gestures and threatened to sack her.  “A probe is on into the issue. The complainant had given contradictory statements which has put the police in a  fix,” Shanihan told Express. “We have decided to approach the magistrate to record her statements once again.

The magistrate will summon the complainant and we will proceed with the case after receiving the certified copy of the statement from the magistrate.  We had recorded the statements twice. But those statements lack clarity. We will take further action only after getting a clarity on the statements of the alleged victim,”  Shanihan said.
12/11/17 New Indian Express