Air India Sexual Harassment Case: Maneka Gandhi Orders Probe

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi addressing at the National Conference on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) in New Delhi on May 04, 2018. (file photo)
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi addressing at the National Conference on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) in New Delhi on May 04, 2018. (file photo)

An air hostess, who is working with India’s domestic airline Air India met Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, India’s Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) regarding her complaint under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013.

The Minister, according to a government statement released today, has taken up the matter with Minister for Civil Aviation. The Minister has also spoken to the head of the Internal Complaints Committee of Air India and has directed it to complete the inquiry within June, 2018.

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Earlier, reports suggest that the air hostess had complained to the Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and the Prime Minister office regarding her sexual harassment by a senior executive of Air India.

Since the inquiry into the issue was getting delayed, the air hostess met Maneka Gandhi to get it expedited.

These days, a powerful global movement is taking place that highlights the cases of sexual violence against women and gender inequality. It is known by its social media hashtag MeToo and described as a tipping point for women’s rights.

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Rakesh Raman