A cabin crew trainee with the Jet Airways has alleged that she was molested by another trainee on two occasions within a span of four days earlier this month. Following the complaint of the 25-year-old trainee who stays in Malad, police have arrested 23-year-old Ubaid Khan, who stays in Andheri.
Andheri police said the complainant has alleged sexual as well as mental harassment over the past three weeks, in course of which Khan is believed to have molested the victim twice.
“The first incident was on the evening of May 5 in a building in Chakala where about 20 trainees with Jet Airways reside. Their training period ends in July. Khan and I were incidentally alone in the room and he tried to physically overpower me, but I escaped. The second incident was on May 9 during lunch break, in the lift of our Andheri East office building, between the ground floor and fourth floor,” said the victim.
He was charged under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 (a) (sexual harassment) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. “We have so far registered a case of molestation and not rape. We are investigating the matter and making inquiries with colleagues and also checking the CCTV footage,” said Vinay Deshmukh, deputy commissioner of police (zone X).
The victim said she had approached the Jet Airways’ management but they did not accept her written complaint.
“Officials from Jet Airways seemed disinterested and tried to convince me not to register a complaint as it would take six to 12 months to resolve the matter. They said I was a good looking girl and that it would ruin my career. But despite my insistence on some action, I was threatened with suspension,” the victim said.
A Jet Airways spokesperson said the victim, a cabin crew trainee, did contact the Operations-In-charge on May 14 and stated that she was being harassed by her batchmate.
“In the course of the conversation, the victim said she has been molested by her colleague. We immediately advised the trainee to hand over a written statement so that we can initiate action as per the HR policy related to handling of sexual harassment cases. At Jet Airways, we have zero tolerance to sexual harassment at the workplace,” the spokesperson said.