The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has received "numerous" complaints of sexual harassment from female pilots, cabin crew and technical staff of airlines. The complainants have accused "their colleagues/superior officers" of transgressions.
After receiving a high number of complaints, the aviation regulator has written to the chief executive officers of all airlines to ensure strict compliance of Vishakha guidelines and to make employees more aware of the complaint committee.
"All the airlines are hereby advised to ensure strict compliance of Vishakha guidelines. They should also give wide publicity about this committee among the employees to facilitate hassle-free reporting and disposal of matter in accordance with relevant national regulations," the DGCA said in its letter.
The airlines have been asked to intimate the action taken on the directive within 14 days.