Delhi

Hotel manager accused of molesting staff in Delhi, held

A 34-year-old woman employee of the five star Pride Plaza Hotel in Aerocity here was allegedly molested by the security manager on July 29. The accused was arrested on Friday. The victim, a guest relations associate at the hotel, was molested by Pawan Dahiya, who pulled the edge of her sari in an attempt to bring her close to him. The entire incident was captured in the CCTV footage of the office where it happened. The woman approached the police on August 1 with her complaint after which the FIR was registered.

In the video which has emerged, the victim and Dahiya can be seen casually talking in presence of another person. While the woman is standing, he is sitting on a chair and the third man standing next to Dahiya. A minute into the video, the accused holds the edge of her saree and pulls her towards himself after which the woman quickly let go off him, adjusts her dress and comes back to her previous position; the conversation continues while the third man can be seen leaving the place.

The victim told the reporter that right after the act, she informed Dahiya that she’ll complain against him to the Human Resource Department. “He said, ‘go to do it’,” she alleged.

The woman alleged that the accused followed her and asked her to come along with him to a room in the evening.

She called a HR employee who asked her to submit a written complaint. She claimed that the HR Department dissuaded her from going ahead with a formal complaint.

The woman informed her husband who suggested she file a police complaint.

The victim claimed that she was handed a termination letter on Thursday, “but I didn’t accept it and left the letter there,” she said. While the hotel’s spokesperson confirmed Mr. Singh’s termination, they denied that the victim was fired.

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