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Delhi: 5-star hotel security manager held for ‘sexually harassing’ colleague, while team leader watches standing by

A security manager at Pride Plaza, a five-star hotel in Aerocity, has been arrested after being caught on CCTV allegedly sexually harassing a woman employee. The footage shows the woman repeatedly spurning his advances as he pulls her saree while another male staffer looks on. The woman manages to stop him from disrobing her and moves away, following which the other employee leaves the room. The footage was procured by a fellow team leader at the hotel after the woman asked him for it. The woman alleged that the hotel later fired her as well as the person who helped procure the footage without giving a proper reason for the termination. Hotel authorities denied claims that she was terminated from service, but confirmed that the team leader who procured the CCTV footage was suspended for bypassing security protocol and not informing his seniors.

The woman has filed a complaint at IGI Airport police station. DCP (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia confirmed that an FIR has been lodged under IPC sections 354, 354(a), 354(b) and 354(d). The accused, Pawan Dahiya, was arrested on Friday and later released on bail after he deposited a security amount of Rs 25,000. The 33-year-old woman told The Indian Express that the incident took place on July 29. “It was my birthday. He called me to the CCTV 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 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 alleged. The woman alleged the accused kept mounting pressure on her to enter 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 alleged.

Source: Indian Express  

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