Hyderabad: Telangana minister KT Rama Rao on Sunday requested IndiGo airlines to “start respecting local languages” after an incident where a Telugu woman was allegedly forced to change her seat went viral on social media.

Reportedly, the woman only knew Telugu and could not speak Hindi or English. She was forced to change her seat on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad (6E7297) flight as the attendant called it a “security issue”.

The incident caught KT Rama Rao’s attention who took to his official Twitter handle saying, “Dear @IndiGo6E Management, I request you to start respecting local languages & passengers who may not be well conversant in English or Hindi.”

“In regional routes, recruit more staff who can speak the local language like Telugu, Tamil, Kannada etc. This will be a win-win solution,” the minister added.

KTR’s response came after Devasmita Chakraverty, Assistant Professor of Education at IIM Ahmedabad, raised the issue of Twitter while sharing a picture of the woman inside the aircraft.

“The woman in green originally sitting in 2A (XL seat, exit row) was forced to seat 3C because she understood only Telugu, not English/Hindi. The attendant said it’s a security issue,” she tweeted with a hashtag discrimination.

There has been no statement from the affected woman about the incident or the IndiGo airlines or from the aviation ministry in this regard.

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