JetLite to pay Rs 40,000 for misplacing passenger’s luggage

JetLite airliner has been asked by a city district consumer forum to pay Rs 40,000 to one of its passengers for rendering his luggage untraceable for five days.

Formerly known as Air Sahara, JetLite was asked to pay the amount to Delhi resident and complainant Rajesh Kumar by New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, for misplacing his baggage and forcing him to buy items during his brief outstation stay in Mumbai.

“We have considered the matter. The deficiency to the extent of loss of bag at Bombay is proved. The inconvenience, mental tension and agony for five days can be imagined.

“We allow a sum of Rs 15,000 towards purchase made in Bombay for 3–4 days. For harassment, loss of bag, mental agony and litigation expenses, we award Rs 25,000. The opposite party (JetLite) is directed to pay this amount to complainant within 30 days,” said forum’s President C K Chaturvedi.

Kumar in his complaint had said he had checked-in his luggage with the airlines when he had boarded the JetLite flight in June 2007 from Delhi but on reaching Bombay he found his bag missing and he had to lodge complaint for it with the relevant authorities.

Kumar said his bag was returned to him five days after returning from Bombay, but on checking it he found that Rs 25,000 in cash and a camera were missing from it.

While awarding the compensation, the bench, however, said he “himself was to be blamed for the loss of cash and camera, as valuables are not to be kept in the luggage”.


Bill against sexual harassment at workplace introduced

A bill aimed at preventing sexual harassment of women at workplace was introduced in parliament Tuesday.

It includes a clause which brings students, research scholars, patients and women in the unorganised sector within the ambit of the proposed law.

The Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill will be the first legislation addressing this issue.

Currently, all sexual harassment charges are dealt with using the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court in a 1997 judgment.

Introducing the bill, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said its objective was to enact a legislation to provide safe, secure and enabling environment free from all forms of sexual harassment to every woman, irrespective of her age or employment status.

The bill envisages that every workplace, whether in the organised or the unorganised sector, should have a forum to take up complaints pertaining to sexual harassment.

In the case of the organised sector, there will be internal complaint committees, in the absence of which a penalty, including a fine of Rs.50,000 for the first offence, will be imposed on the workplace organisation.

The bill has provisions to treat cases of victims of sexual harassment at workplace at par with rape victims.

Under the provisions of the bill, no information about a complainant or a complaint would be disclosed in any manner, not even in response to right to information applications.