Harassment of 2 Bangladeshi women: HC asks Etihad Airways for Tk 1 crore compensation each
The High Court in the full text of a verdict has criticised Etihad Airways for harassing and torturing two Bangladesh-born women at Abu Dhabi International Airport in June 2011 and ordered the airways to give Tk 1 crore compensation to each of the victims.
It is "crystal clear" from the foreign ministry probe report that officials and staff members concerned of Etihad Airways had made "unjust", "rude", "negligent", "unprofessional" and "uncourteous" behavior with the writ petitioner, Tanzeen Bristy, one of two victims, and her mother at Abu Dhabi International Airport and forced them to go back to Dhaka at their own cost.
This was an "unreasonable", in "bad faith" "malafide" and an "arbitrary" act of Etihad Airways which is contradictory to the principle of fair and natural justice, and is also illegal and beyond its jurisdiction, the HC bench of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil observed in the 192-pages full text verdict released today.
The HC bench had announced the verdict on October 8 year following a writ petition filed by Tanzeen Bristy in July 2011 seeking its order for compensation and legal action against Etihad Airways for their harassment.
On June 28, 2011, the women -- en route to Canada by an Etihad Airways flight, were allegedly harassed by the airline staff at Abu Dhabi International Airport, and were forced back to Dhaka at their own cost over a brawl that sparked due to a fault of a staff member.
Following the same writ petition, the HC on July 14, 2011 issued a rule asking authorities of Etihad Airways to explain why they should not be directed to pay compensation to the victims and why appropriate action should not be taken against them.