In what one would call too little too late’, Air India in post-facto move on Thursday evening issued a circular to prevent sexual harassment against women at workplace.
Earlier this month, an Air India woman pilot levelled charges of sexual harassment against her colleague, senior commander, who allegedly asked her about her sexual relations with her husband.
The alleged incident took place when both the pilots had gone to Hyderabad on May 5 for training purposes.
The woman pilot submitted a written complaint to the Air India management on 9 May.
In a damage control mode, the national carrier issued a circular to its employees warning that such acts will not be tolerated.
It further said that reports of sexual harassment will be dealt promptly, sternly, justly and heavily in accordance with laid down procedures.
Every person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to work in a safe environment, which is free from harassment, abuse and discrimination. Every Air India employee also has corresponding responsibility to actively promote such an environment, said Air India in its circular.
As per the laid down norms, Air India has called sexual harassment as certain unwelcome acts and behavior (direct or implication).
These include physical contact and advances, demand or request for sexual favors, making sexual remarks, showing pornography and any other kind of unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature, said Air India.