Thursday, January 26, 2023

Decorated Air India Pilot shocked to find her photo in misleading ad

India’s most well-known and decorated female commercial pilot Zoya Agarwal was shocked to find a dubious company using her photo to attract aspirants in an advertisement calling for admission in an aviation program in South Africa. Agarwal, on Wednesday was bombarded with queries on whether she was starting a training program at the said company after an advertisement was  published in a leading newspaper on 23 January with her photo in it. Agarwal was in New York when the incident happened. “I was informed by my father about the advertisement. This is a case of identity theft. They are trying to use my credibility to dupe gullible parents and aspirants. It is Indian parents and students who are going to be affected.” said Agarwal in a phone conversation with The New Indian. 

Agarwal wasted no time in raising the matter with the Delhi police. “A certain Krapa Study Abroad Private limited put an advertisement in some aviation programs in South Africa. They have given a toll free number 18003099831 and other non toll free numbers such as 9999194957,9999664957 +4 other numbers. My photograph was published by Krapa  whose director’s names are Kaushal Jemini and Mamta Rani. When my father spoke to  Kaushal on phone and asked them how they have my photograph in their advertisement, he could not give an appropriate answer,” she said.

The credentials of the company are questionable. A random google search doesn’t throw any website result. The said advertisement is full of spelling and grammatical errors and doesn’t carry any specifications about their course. “By using my photograph they are trying to cheat numerous innocent individuals of their money. This company tried to use my brand name and gave out the impression that I was associated with this venture. This can have dangerous consequences. This is a way to cheat the people of India and rob talented girls and boys of this country of their future.” said Agarwal.

Delhi police is yet to respond to her complaint. As someone  who is a  spokesperson at the UN for women empowerment alongside Greta Thunberg and Anne Hathaway, becoming a victim of fraud has left Agarwal disappointed.

26/01/23 New Indian

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