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Pakistan court demands answers over female pilot harrassment

Published on Mar 10, 2014 9:45 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday ordered the government and national airline to explain why they have failed to take action over the sexual harassment of a senior female pilot.

Captain Rifat Haye, who joined Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in 1990, said in a petition to the court that she had been subjected to "severe intimidation and harassment" by male colleagues since the early years of her career.

Frustrated by the lack of action from her superiors over her complaints, Haye went to the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Women's Development in 2010.

The committee found that two of Haye's superiors had harassed her and other female employees of the beleaguered flag-carrier, Ms Haye's lawyer Jawad Hassan said in his submission.

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