A Chandigarh court held that if a lady is ‘detained publicly’ at an airport, it leads to ‘ignominy’ and lowers her reputation.
Image for Representation
Chandigarh’s State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission ordered Lufthansa Airlines, British Airways and a travel firm to pay compensation cost of Rs 70 lakh along with the litigation cost to a 60-year-old Chandigarh woman, who had to spend an entire night at an airport jail in Denmark. Harsharn Kaur Dhaliwal had booked a round-trip from Surya Travels and Associates of Chandigarh, with Swiss Air and Lufthansa Airlines to travel from New Delhi to San Francisco via Zurich on January 18, 2018. Her return-journey tickets were from San Francisco to New Delhi via Frankfurt and scheduled for March 19, 2018.
In the judgement released on February 5 (Wednesday), the commission said that Dhaliwal had to spend a night in the lock-up of Copenhagen airport due to the re-routing of her return-flight from San Francisco. It held that if a lady is “detained publicly” at an airport, it led to “ignominy” and lowers her reputation. The woman’s suffered arrest and detention without her fault and due to “sheer negligence” of both the airlines. Thus the case required that the “exemplary cost” be imposed on the accused parties.