Mumbai Police Registers FIR After Dangal Actress Zaira Wasim Alleges Molestation During Flight

| December 10 , 2017 , 15:46 IST

The Mumbai Police has registered an FIR after Dangal actress Zaira Wasim alleged that she was molested by a co-passenger onboard a Delhi-Mumbai Air Vistara flight.

The 17-year-old Zaira, in an Instagram video, tearfully recounted the incident, where a man sitting behind her rubbed his foot on her back and neck under the cover of darkness.

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As the video of Zaira went viral, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti demanded swift action in the case, while the National Commission for Women, Delhi Commission for Women and Maharashtra State Commission for Women encouraged her to file a police complaint in the matter.

Mehbooba in a tweet said, "Any harassment/crime against women shld (should) be dealt with swiftly & (and) effectively.As a mother of 2 (two) daughters I am appalled at what happened with @zairawasimz. Hope relevant authorities take strict action."

Mumbai Police replied to Mehbooba, saying that they were in the process of registering a case.

“Mam, we have recorded statement of @zairawasimz and registering an offence accordingly,” they said.

The Dangal actress, Zaira, in her video claimed that despite the harassment she faced, the airlines did not support her.

“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 terrible. This is how they will take care of girls? No one will help us if we don’t decide to help ourselves and that is the worst thing,” Zaira said in the Instagram live video.

“The lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another 5-10 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,” she said.

A case has been registered under Section 354 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) as the Zaira is a minor.