Air India Women’s Cell Head Who Ignored Air Hostess’ Complaint Promoted
An Air India air hostess’ recent complaint of sexual harassment at the hands of a senior official sparked nationwide reaction on social media. The employee reported how she faced complete apathy from the organization’s women’s cell to probe into the matter. It is said that Air India has promoted the said chairperson of the women’s cell as the director of the in-flight department with additional charges, News18 reported.
Forum for Women shared a letter dated May 30 on Twitter which stated that Air India’s Executive Director (CA), Aruna Gopalakrishnan has been promoted exactly a day after the allegation raised.
Gopalakrishnan was heading the women’s cell and had allegedly ignored the air hostess’s complaints of sexual harassment.
Soon the harassment complaint surfaced online, Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday directed the senior management to “immediately address” the issue.
Disturbing complaint of sexual harassment at @airindiain – about a senior executive – hope @jayantsinha @sureshpprabhu will shut down what the complainant – a single mother and crew member is calling – "the old boys club"- a club that expects women to accept this rubbish https://t.co/klnbQp4xW3
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) May 29, 2018
Claiming that she was sexually harassed for six years, the air hostess had written a complaint letter addressing the Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Responding to that letter, Suresh Prabhu had tweeted:
Asked @airindiain CMD to immediately address this issue. If necessary, will appoint another committee
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) May 29, 2018
“This senior executive is a predator and has sexually propositioned me, abused me, used abusive language on other women in my presence in the office premises, he has tried to compel women in his office (including me) to come and drink with him at various bars, and many of us have been forced to do so. There are many people who can bear witness to these things,” she wrote in the letter.
She also alleged that the Internal Committee is equally guilty. Further, she added that on approaching the Air India woman’s cell, in-charge she was told, “This is how he (senior executive) talks. He has flirted like that with me also.”
The Air India staffer has chosen not to file an FIR, thus the air hostess’ plea for a neutral investigation committee to the ministers was online.