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I was fired for resisting Sexual Harassment : Airport Staffer #Vaw

sexual harassmentMumbai Mirror Bureau

The Sahar police, probing the sexual harassment complaint of a 32-year-old woman working with Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) on Tuesday said it was looking at three different instances of sexual harassment at the workplace by her senior, Lalsingh Bhandari.

According to the police, the first incident took place in January 2014 wherein the woman was touched inappropriately by Bhandari, 38, at her workplace. The second incident took place in September 2014 when the accused allegedly passed some lewd remarks when the complainant was sitting with her colleagues.

The latest case of harassment took place in March 2015 when Bhandari tried to touch her inappropriately again. When the complainant resisted she was threatened of being removed from her job.

It has been alleged that after that incident, the complainant was not only harassed but also removed from her job.

An investigating officer said, “The complainant in her statement alleged that she was subjected to lewd remarks and inappropriate touching in front of her colleague but couldn’t come forward to register the complaint with the authority.”

“We are in the process to establish the authenticity of the complainant’s claim since it’s a one-sided allegation. We will record the statement of the staffer to establish if such an incident ever took place and request for the CCTV footage of the premises which may have captured the event.” the officer added.

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Deputy Commissioner of Police Virendra Mishra said, “We have registered an FIR and investigations are on and we are in the process of recording the statement of witnesses named by the complainant in her FIR.”

A spokesperson with MIAL said the complainant and the accused worked in the “inline security department of MIAL (which deals with security of luggage at the airport) but the complainant did not directly report to the accused.”

The MIAL spokesperson said, “In this particular matter, no complaint has been lodged with the internal complaint committee.

In case of an alleged sexual harassment, the woman should file a complaint with the committee immediately and the committee will take immediate and appropriate action. MIAL has a zero tolerance policy towards sexual harassment of women at work.”

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