Indian Court Fines Japan Airlines for Serving Beef to Hindu

September 28, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Khaleej Times Online/DPA

A consumer court in New Delhi has imposed a fine on Japan Airlines for serving beef to a devout Hindu during a flight, a newspaper reported Friday.

The State Consumer Redressal Forum on Thursday slapped a fine of 50,000 rupees (1,258 dollars) on Japan Airlines for serving beef to a Delhi resident, GL Aggarwal, who had taken a flight to San Francisco on September 13, the Hindustan Times reported. ‘The hurting of sentiments cannot be measured in terms of money. However taking into consideration the deficiency of service on part of Japan Airlines, we have to compensate in terms of money,’ the forum’s president KK Chopra was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

The order comes three months after another consumer court in Delhi asked a domestic airline to pay a compensation of 20,000 rupees to a vegetarian who had a similar experience. Aggarwal had complained to the court that though he had specified that he wanted an vegetarian meal on the flight he was given beef as there were no more vegetarian meals.