Spicejet, DGCA get notice for insult to Jeeja Ghosh

New Delhi: Taking suo moto cognisance of the incident in which a woman with cerebral palsy was off-loaded from a Spicejet flight, Chief Commissioner for Person with Disabilities has issued notices to the airline and Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

"I have taken suo moto cognisance of the matter and issued notices to Spicejet and DGCA directing them to explain within 30 days as to what action they have taken to compensate Jeeja Ghosh (the victim) and also to prevent recurrence of such incidents," said Chief Disabilities Commissioner PK Pincha.

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Forty-two-year-old Ghosh, a teacher at Kolkata's Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, was to fly to Goa on 19 February to attend a conference and deliver a lecture on bringing the differently-abled into the mainstream but was offloaded as pilot refused to fly with her on board.

"Such incidents of harassment and humiliation were meted out to persons with disabilities in the past as well by various airlines," Pincha said.

In case the response of Spicejet and DGCA is not found to be satisfactory, he said, they will be asked to appear either in person or through their representatives to explain the matter.

The airline is investigating the matter.


Updated Date: Feb 21, 2012 19:57 PM

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