Sexual harassment case: Maneka wants AI to complete probe by June end

Sexual harassment case: Maneka wants AI to complete probe by June end

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, DH file photo

Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi has sought “immediate action” in a recent sexual harassment case against a senior Air India official.

This came after the complainant, an air hostess with the national carrier, called on the Union minister.

The victim, who is a single mother and has put in 33 years in the airline, has complained that the AI has not taken her case seriously for the past nine months while the offender “is being rewarded.”

She recently shot off a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, claiming that the senior officer had sexually harassed, tortured and discriminated against her in the past six years.

“Air Hostess, who is working with Air India met Maneka Sanjay Gandhi regarding her complaint under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013,” the WCD ministry stated.

Maneka has taken up the matter with the civil aviation minister.

“The minister (Maneka) has also spoken to the head of the internal complaints committee of Air India and has directed her to complete the inquiry by June 2018,” the ministry added.

Earlier, based on the victims claim, the civil aviation minister instructed AI Chairman and Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola to "immediately address the issue".

Prabhu had also tweeted, "If necessary, will appoint another committee."