New Delhi: Ashwani Lohani, Air India chief, has instructed the airline’s leadership team to “come down heavily” on instances of sexual harassment in the company which were being reported “often.”
The order from the airline’s Chairman and Managing Director follows a complaint from a woman pilot about a senior pilot and instructor about an incident on May 5 in Hyderabad.
As per reports, Lohani wrote in a WhatsApp message to the heads of various departments such as operations, finance and commercial, “It is shameful that sexual harassment cases are being often witnessed in Air India. We need to come down very very heavily on such offenders. Pass this message down the line especially in departments related to operations.”
The woman pilot had written in her complaint that the senior pilot had behaved inappropriately with her at a restaurant where the two met after work. Following the complaint the airline has de-rostered the pilot as well as removed him from training duty. It has constituted a three-member Internal Committee to look into the complaint and prepare a report within a month.