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Air India suspends pilot charged with sexual harassment
Air India had ordered a probe after the female pilot wrote a letter to the management on May 9, charging her colleague and senior commander of sexual harassment.

  (Agencies)- The national carrier Air India on Tuesday suspended a senior pilot charged with sexual harassment of a female co-pilot, nearly 10 days after initiating the probe in the matter. The letter of suspension was released on Monday by the Regional Director Northern Region.
Pending enquiry and without prejudice to any other action that may be taken in this regard, you are hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect, read the suspension letter.
Air India has further put in five restrictions for the pilot. During the suspension period the pilot in question
"Will not enter the premises of Air India without written permission
"He will not be allowed to leave the station (Delhi) without prior permission of the Regional Director
"The pilot isn't allowed to enter in any employment or vocation either
"He will not hold the The Pilot In Command and ID card and
"He won't be eligible for any wages except the subsistence allowance.
Air India spokesperson has told India Today TV that the final report on the matter will be readied within a month's time and that on the basis of final report the management will take a decision whether or not to terminate the pilot.
Air India had ordered a probe after the female pilot wrote a letter to the management on May 9, charging her colleague and senior commander of sexual harassment.
Both the pilots in question are based out of Delhi and had gone to Hyderabad on May 5 for training purposes when the alleged incident took place.
The female pilot in her complaint had alleged that the accused asked her about her sexual relationship with her husband also threatened her.
On Thursday, Air India issued a circular to curb sexual harassment. Even Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani expressed his displeasure over the incident.
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.

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