Air Hostess and Hospitality Academy Girls Blamed Dilip Routrai Institute Director subjected them to Sexual Harassment.

Tension ran high at the Air Hostess and Hospitality Academy (AHHA) in Kharavel Nagar here on Wednesday after a group of girls vandalized the private institute's premises and manhandled the staffers alleging that the institute director subjected them to sexual harassment.

Around 10 girls lodged a complaint at Kharavel Nagar police station against the director, Dilip Routrai. "The director promised jobs in airlines and hotels. When I joined a hotel in Hyderabad, the employer sexually harassed me. When I brought it to the notice of the director, he asked me to compromise," an agitating girl from Baripada told TOI.

"I was promised a job with a private airlines. But the director asked me to get into a physical relationship with a man to get the job," said another girl. One of the girls, who had lodged a complaint at Kharavel Nagar police station last week, said, "Police purposely shielded the director and did not take any action. We had no other option but to protest in this manner."

Some students alleged the institute did not provide them certificates in time. Functioning since 2007, AHHA offers one-year diploma courses on aviation management and hotel management. 
Each course costs Rs 1.5 lakh.

Deputy superintendent of police (DCP) Satyabrata Bhoi said the charges against the institute were being verified. "We received a complaint from the girls. We are questioning the director to ascertain the veracity of the complaint," Bhoi said. "We have also received a complaint from AHHA about violence by the students. Both the complaints are being examined," he added.

The director denied the charges. "The allegations are baseless. We never cheated anyone nor subjected any student to sexual abuse. Some students left the jobs on their own. So far, we have given placement to over 1,000 students," he said.