A 33-year-old woman executive at a five-hotel in Delhi has accused hotel’s security manager of molesting and trying to undress her on her birthday late last month. The incident happened inside a room and was caught in CCTV camera.
The woman has said that she complained to HR officials, but rather than acting against the security manager, they fired her. The woman then approached police on 1 August. Finally, police arrested the man on Friday after the video was aired on news channels.
“The accused was arrested on Friday and produced in a court. He was granted bail by the court,” said Dependra Pathak, Delhi police spokesperson.
Delhi: Security Manager of a 5-star hotel in Aerocity allegedly molested a woman staff on July 29, case registered. (CCTV) pic.twitter.com/xSayblDsp0
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The victim used to work on the front desk of the hotel. She told police that the hotel’s security manager had been trying to establish physical relations with him for quite some time now.
Last month on her birthday, the accused approached her and allegedly offered to buy her a gift. When she refused, he allegedly tried to undress her in front of another male staff. The footage showed the security officer suddenly pulling her dress. However, she managed to keep him away after a brief brawl. When the other staff left the room, he allegedly said that she should spend the night with him.
The woman complained HR officials but got “sacked”. “I was summoned by the HR department on Thursday afternoon and informed that I was being terminated from job. They did not offer any reason when I asked them on what basis they were sacking me. I resisted their action and said I would neither take the termination letter, nor resign, but the HR ordered that I be made to leave the hotel building,” the woman told Hindustan Times.
However, the hotel said the woman was not fired. “She has stopped reporting to duty for the last three-four days.” The accused security manager was suspended the very next day, it added.