Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 7:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Director General of Police (DGP) of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh over sexual harassment of girl students in Air Hostess and Hospitality Academy (AHHA).
Acting of a petition filed by Rights Campaigner Subash Mohapatra of Bhubaneswar-based Global Human Rights Communications, the apex human rights body sought a report within four weeks.
The petitioner has alleged that students were sexually harassed in the name of placement by the Academy and they were sent to Hyderabad for placement where they were sexually harassed. The students had also filed the complaint in Kharvel Nagar police station here, but no action has been taken so far.
“The students were being sent outside the state for jobs and being sexually harassed there. Moreover, the students also alleged that the institute was charging hefty sum in the name of course fee. However, they have failed to conduct the exams and provide the certificates,” Mohapatra alleged.
“The students were told that they will be placed in a reputed airline in six months. But, neither the institute has given them placements nor conducted any exams. Moreover, the girls are being sent to hotels where they are sexually harassed and being told that they have to compromise for their career,” he added.
NHRC was urged to direct the concerned state governments to bring the culprits into court of justice and payment of interim compensation Rs10 lakh to each student.
Notably, the Commissionerate Police had arrested the Director of AHHA Dillip Routray on November 19 last year for taking admission of students in his institute without necessary affiliations.