Secret Superstar actress Zaira Wasim molested onboard a flight. The molester has been arrested.
Secret Superstar actress Zaira Wasim was allegedly molested by a man sitting behind her on a flight. Zaira was travelling with her mother from a Delhi to Mumbai in an Air Vistara flight. After probing the man has been arrested and will be produced in court today.
After deboarding the flight, in an Instagram story, Zaira narrated the entire incident. She explained how the man was rubbing his foot against her while she was half asleep. She initially thought it was the turbulence but later when she woke up she realized that he was, in fact, touching her inappropriately. The man put his foot on the arm-rest of the actress’ window seat and allegedly stroked her neck and back. Even after warning the man he continued his act. The Secret Superstar actress also explained how the cabin crew was of no help to her.
The man identified as Vikas Sachdeva, 39, is a frequent flyer and a senior executive with a Mumbai-based entertainment company. Aviation sources say upon boarding the flight Vikas requested the cabin crew not to disturb him for meals and such as he wanted to sleep.
Reportedly, an FIR was logged based on Zaira’s oral complaint under section 354 (assault or criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of Indian Penal code (IPC) and section 8 (sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the accused.
The police believe that the act was deliberate. Though the accused claims he was tired and may have touched her.
As reported by ANI, Air Vistara has submitted a report to the aviation regulator DGCA.
”We have submitted an initial incident report to the DGCA, and have also submitted all necessary details to the Police. Members of our senior management have flown to Mumbai to meet (the victim) and assist in the investigation process,”
The Delhi Commission for Women, which was formed with an aim to probe matters relating to the safeguards provided to women under the Constitution, issued a notice to Vistara and sought a response following media reports about the incident.
In an interview with Spotboye, Divya Sachdeva, wife of the accused Vikas Sachdeva, claims that the incident is just a publicity stunt “This girl has been influenced by fame and wrongly accused my husband Vikas,”
Divya further added, ”My husband was coming home from Delhi. His mamaji had passed away and he was not in the right frame of mind. He was feeling very low and asked for a blanket. He wanted to sleep. I am shocked at Zaira’s allegation. The police have taken my husband into custody. They came home this morning. Why did Zaira not raise an alarm then and there? Why did Zaira tweet 2 hours later? Zaira had her mother for company. Despite that, the two ladies chose not to make any noise, why?”
She concluded by saying that they know important is it to respect women and that her husband would never ”misbehave with a lady in any manner.”