‘Dangal’ fame actress Zaira molested on flight; man held

Published : 11 Dec 2017, 14:30

Jagoroniya Desk

THE man who allegedly molested actor Zaira Wasim on board a Delhi-Mumbai flight on Saturday night was arrested here on Sunday after a huge public outcry over the incident prompted the Maharashtra State Commission for Women to seek an enquiry into the ‘shameful’ incident.

The 39-year-old Vikas Sachdev was arrested late in the evening, police said.

Deputy Commis-sioner of Police Anil Kumbhare said he will be produced in the court on Monday.

Sachdev has been booked under Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC, and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the actor is a minor, Senior Police Inspector, Sahar, Lata Shirsat, said.

In the video, which Wasim recorded immediately after deboarding the flight, the 17-year-old actor broke down several times. “So, I was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on phone to understand it better because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it...” she said.

“The lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another five to ten minutes and then I was sure of it. He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” the Kashmiri teen, who shot to fame for her stellar performance in Aamir Khan’s blockbuster ‘Dangal’, said in the post.

“This is not done, I am disturbed... Is this how you’re going to take care of girls? This is not the way anybody should be made to feel. This is terrible!” she said.

“No one will help us if we don’t decide to help ourselves. And this is the worst thing,” she added. The airline — Vistara — said it has submitted an initial report to the regulator DGCA about the incident which created an uproar and invited all-round condemnation. Vistara, which is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, regretted the ‘unfortunate experience’ and apologised to Wasim.

It also said senior members of the management team have been flown to Mumbai to meet the ‘Dangal’ actor, who narrated her ordeal on Instagram.

Wasim said she was on a Vistara flight last night from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest.

“We are deeply concerned and regret the unfortunate experience Zaira Wasim had onboard our flight last night. We continue to give this case our highest attention and are extending our full support to all relevant authorities for the investigations underway,” the airline said in a latest statement issued on Saturday evening. 

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said she was ‘appalled’ by the incident and demanded swift action against the culprit. “Any harassment/ crime against women should be dealt with swiftly and effectively. As a mother of two daughters, I am appalled at what happened with @zairawasimz,” she tweeted.

Source: The Hitavada

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