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AI to staff: Will come down heavily on sex offenders

NEW DELHI: Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani has sent a stern warning to workers that sexual harassment will not be tolerated within the airline and the ones in charge of doing so will probably be very sternly dealt with. Lohani’s "zero tolerance" warning came days after an AI captain accused some other instructor-commander of the similar airline of harassment.

“It is shameful that sexual harassment cases are being frequently witnessed in Air India. We need to come down very, very heavily on such offenders,” says Lohani’s message to workers sent on Thursday.

This warning came after the girl captain’s complaint of being harassed on May 5, 2019, in Hyderabad during training by means of the instructor. AI has ordered a probe into the issue. NewsTread had front-paged this factor in its Wednesday (May 15) edition.

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AI ED (operations) captain R S Sandhu issued a circular on Thursday night. “In the hot previous, a shameful sexual harassment case has come to light, which is not appropriate and will not be tolerated. AI is committed to working environments that recognize the inherent dignity of all persons, affording them the opportunity to achieve their fullest possible and empowering them to deliver the best possible results for the entire people who Air India serves,” captain Sandhu’s circular said.

“Every individual has the appropriate to be handled with dignity and recognize, and to work in protected environments unfastened from harassment, abuse, and discrimination. Every AI employee additionally has a corresponding responsibility to actively advertise such an atmosphere,” it adds.

“AI is committed to a zero-tolerance way to sexual harassment. (that) will not be tolerated below any circumstances. This implies that any reports of sexual harassment will probably be dealt with promptly, justly, sternly and heavily, in accordance with the acceptable procedures of AI,” captain Sandhu warns.

In her complaint, the girl captain says the instructor reportedly advised the two have dinner at a town eating place after the learning consultation used to be over in Hyderabad on May 5. “…He started with telling me how depressed and unhappy he used to be in his married life… He additionally asked me how I coped with my husband living away and whether or not I didn’t need to have sex on a regular basis…. I advised him I didn't wish to discuss all this and called a cab,” the complaint says.

Captain Sandhu’s circular says sexual harassment will include any of the following unwelcome acts or behaviour whether or not immediately or by means of implication: physical touch and advances; a demand or request for sexual favours; making sexually colored remarks; showing pornography and any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature.

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