In a brazen display of sexual harassment at workplace, a security manager at a five-star hotel sexually harassed a woman employee and mounted pressure on her to enter into a physical relationship with him. When the woman repeatedly spurned his advances he pulls the woman’s saree in front of a team leader from the hotel, while the woman helplessly tries to stop the disrobing.
The entire incident was captured on the hotel’s CCTV footage in which the security manager can be seen having a conversation with the woman and later tries to disrobe her front of another male staff. The footage was procured by a fellow team leader after the woman asked him for it. However, the hotel staff later fired both the woman and the team leader without giving any proper reasons for the termination of services, the victim alleged.
The woman has filed a complaint at IGI Airport police station and the DCP (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia has confirmed that a FIR has been lodged in the case under section 354, 354 (a), 354(b) and 354 (d). The police will now be looking into the CCTV footage and have roped in the forensic teams to look into the footage. So far the accused has not been arrested.
Speaking to The Indian Express, the 33-year-old woman said the incident took place on July 29. “It was my birthday. He called me to the CTV room in the hotel and asked me if I wanted a gift. I refused any gifts from him. He took out his credit card and kept insisting that I take a gift from him. He then asked me to sit and when I did not he pulled me towards him by my saree and tried to disrobe me,” the woman said.
The woman has alleged that the accused kept mounting pressure on her to get into a physical relationship with him. “All this was taking place in front of a team leader and he did nothing and stood by and watched,” she said.
The woman later managed to wrest herself from his grasp and leave the room after another staff member walked in. She left the hotel and reached IBIS hotel, the accused followed her on his Etios car and pulled down the glass window and grabbed her by the hand and kept insisting that she sit inside his car. “I somehow managed to get free myself and get to Delhi Aerocity metro station where I called up my HR Assistant Manager and told him about the entire incident. Later on August 1 as well I complained against him to the hotel, I was scared,” she said.
The woman had also sought the help of a team leader from the same hotel and procured the CCTV footage as evidence. On Thursday, when she reported for duty, she was asked to meet with the HR department after which she was served a termination notice, which she refused to accept and left the notice lying on the table. “I come from a poor family. My husband does not earn much and I have two children. I wanted to work for a decent living and not be forced to sell myself. I am terrified for my children now,” the woman said.