Reply to The Letter of Complaints against Discrimination against Women :
Chief Personnel Officer,
Arti National Airways,
25th April - 2009
Mumbai Women’s Equality Forum,
I have received your letter dated 20th April - 2009 on the subject of discrimination in our recruitment policy.
Let me assure you at the outset that our policy guidelines laid down by our founder, Shri M.K. Jetty, has nothing to do with gender bias. The first governing body of our airlines was of the view that women have to attend to household chores and maternity problems. They were on leave for long stretches owing to pregnancy and childbirth. Also, it was thought wise not to withdraw women from their important role as mothers since our children who are our national wealth would get the best attention in the most important, years. We did not wish to discriminate between married women and spinsters, since this made a reflection on marriage which is to be projected as a sacrosanct institution. As you will see, our policy was guided by humane factors.
However, our next meeting of the governing body is meeting soon and I shall be pleased to lay down your objections in front of them for examination. I shall inform you of any changes that may be proposed.
With best wishes.
Reply to The Letter of Complaints against Discrimination against Women
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