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AI suspends pilot accused of sexual harassment


NEW DELHI: Air India has suspended a senior captain against whom a woman colleague filed a grievance of sexual harassment. Pending inquiry, the airline has barred him from coming into AI workplaces and leaving the station (Delhi). The senior pilot has additionally been ordered to give up his corporate id card.

The suspension order reads: "During the period of suspension -- (1) You will not enter the premises of Air India Limited without written permission; (2) You will not leave the station (Delhi) without written permission of the undersigned; (3) You will not engage yourself in any employment or a vocation; and 4) You will surrender your PIC/company identity card to regional security head, Air India."


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The alleged harassment happened in Hyderabad on May 5.


In her grievance, the lady captain mentioned the instructor reportedly instructed that the two have dinner at a town restaurant after the learning consultation was over. “…I agreed as I had completed few flights with him and he gave the impression first rate. We went to (a) restaurant at around eight pm and that is the place my ordeal began,” her grievance mentioned.


“He began with telling me how depressed and unhappy he was in his married lifestyles… He made lewd comments (about different women colleagues). He additionally requested me how I coped with my husband dwelling away and whether or not I didn’t want to have intercourse everyday.... At some level I advised him I didn't want to talk about all this and known as a cab,” the grievance added.


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The airline ordered an inquiry immediately on receiving this grievance. While Lohani warned of very strict action against the ones discovered in charge of sexual assaults, the airline issued a listing of directives for employees on this factor.


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