Actress molestation case: NCW, DCW issue notice to Vistara Airlines

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 11, 2017

"I just landed, the whole irony of this that I yelled... and this is not done... this is not how you should be treated or made to feel... this is bad", she is heard saying in the video while wiping away her tears.

The National Commission for Women has also taken cognizance of the mid-air harassment incident. It is sad that none of the co-passengers came ahead to help [her].

The suspect, 39-year-old Vikas Sachdev, was arrested by Mumbai police on Sunday night.

Vistara has sent an initial report to the directorate-general of civil aviation and given details to the police, the airline said. Meanwhile, the actress has been subjected to name-calling and trolling on Twitter with tweets saying the 17-year-old actress should have immediately brought the matter to attention rather than posting it on Instagram once landed. "We are with her, and will ensure she gets justice", Ms. Rahatkar said.

Earlier in the day, police had registered a case against an unknown person in connection with the incident.

The aviation regulator DGCA has sought a report on the incident from the airline, sources said. "We have zero tolerance for such behaviour". "We are deeply concerned and regret the unfortunate experience Ms. Zaira Wasim had onboard our flight last night", Ms Shivalika Chadha, Press and Communication Officer, Air Vistara told Kashmir Observer. Reacting to Wasim's allegations, NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said, "We would like to tell Zaira that we are there to help her out in any way we can".

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"We are talking to our crew who were serving Wasim to understand the incident at greater length, and reaching out to fellow passengers as well. We will support her in every way required and also if she decides to report the matter to the police", he said. "It appears (the) crew only became aware that something was amiss during (the) final descent when they were seated for landing", it said.

Further details will come from the investigation which is now going on in full force, he said.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also demanded action against the male passenger.

She also slammed Air Vistara and said, "I would like to tell Vistara that if they have zero tolerance why they have not named this person till now".

"The passenger should be identified to the police by @airvistara and a case filed for legal action".

Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said a criminal offence should be registered against the male passenger and he should be asked to apologise for the indecent behaviour. "If the owners of such companies do not take suitable action against such employees their conduct will never change", Mr. Gorhe said.

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