Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kerala Women's Commission seeks Airports Authority of India report

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Women's Commission has directed the internal complaints committee of Air India Express to submit a report on the sexual harassment petition of an air hostess against a pilot within 15 days. The commission also decided to seek a report from the Valiyathura police here probing into the petition. The women's commission's interventions came after the air hostess took up the matter at an adalat of the commission here on Tuesday.

According to a statement from the commission, the air hostess had submitted a petition with the government that many other women employees of AIE also faced harassment from the same pilot. Apart from verbal harassment and making gestures, the pilot also used to make insulting posts on social media  groups. He also used to harass them on board aircraft by not allowing them to go to the toilet and also insisting on  writing official reports as per his direction.

DC had recently reported that the Valiyathura police had registered a case against the pilot on the basis of the air hostess's complaint. The commission observed that more women were now showing the guts to complain against harassment at workplace. The 160-odd complaints considered at the adalat also included one from an Uttarakhand woman alleging  extramarital affair by her husband, who is working with the ISRO. While 87 cases could be settled, 59 cases were posted for the next adalat.  Commission chairperson M.C. Josephine and members heard the petitions.
15/11/17 Deccan Chronicle