39-Year-Old Detained For Allegedly Molesting Actress Zaira Wasim During Flight

| December 11 , 2017 , 08:54 IST

A day after Dangal actress Zaira Wasim alleged molestation during an Air Vistara flight en-route from Delhi to Mumbai, the Mumbai police has detained the accused, 39-year-old Vikas Sachdev.

In an Instagram video that soon went viral, 17-year-old Zaira recounted her experience, where a man sitting behind her on the flight used his foot to rub against her back and neck under the cover of darkness.

Zaira's tearful video sparked outrage, with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, National Commission for Women and several others demanding swift action, after which the Mumbai Police filed a case under section 354 and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) act.

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Meanwhile, Sachdeva told the police that the incident was unintentional and he had even apologised to Zaira for it.

"Once my leg touched Zaira's shoulder, it was completely unintentional and I even apologised to her," he said.

"I was very tired as I had not slept for very long time," Sachdeva said, adding that he had been returning from Delhi after attending a funeral.

"I had asked for a blanket after which I slept during the entire journey. I did not even take the meal," he said.

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Air Vistara, released an official statement to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) on the incident.

"Accused Passenger had asked the cabin crew not to disturb him and did not want to be served food as he was going to sleep. He was asleep all through the flight and he had a blanket on him," the statement said.

"Zaira started to shout at the accused when Cabin crew were seated on their jump seat for landing. Crew did not realize it was an alleged incident of harassment and thought Zaira was shouting as she found the accused leg on her arm rest," it continued.

"After landing, the crew spoke to Zaira and she moved away as she was in a state of shock. Crew then spoke to the mother about the incident. Mother narrated the incident, and crew asked the mother why she didn't alert them earlier. She responded that she also learnt about the incident only in the final stage of the flight," the statement said.