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3:24 pm - Thursday April 22, 1886

Zaira allegedly molested in flight

Agencies, New Delhi

Dangal actress Zaira Wasim was allegedly molested on a Delhi-Mumbai flight by a man sitting behind her, the actress claimed in a post on social media. In a post on instagram, the actress alleged that the man was rubbing his foot against her back and neck while she was half asleep.

In a video posted on her instagram account late last night, Zaira narrated the incident. Zaira said she was on an Air Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put up his feet on her armrest.

When she objected, the man reportedly claimed he was resting his feet due to “turbulence”. The actor said she tried to click a photo of the man, but couldn’t get a clear shot due to dim lights. “Managed to get this (shot of the molester’s foot). 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. I tried to record it on my phone to understand it better. But because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it.

I ignored it the first time, blamed the turbulence for it. Until I woke up to this pleasant sight of his beautiful foot rubbing my back and neck… Guess he couldn’t sit like a civilised human being and placed his foot on my arm rest while he’s fully ‘pheloaed’ his body on his seat “ she posted.Breaking down several times in the video, Zaira said, ‘’This is not done at all. This is not the way, this is not a way a girls should be made to feel.”

Zaira Wasim, in one of her posts, also slammed the airline. “Slow claps for Vistara’s crew guys! Wonderful!” she wrote. In its response, Vistara said it is carrying out a detailed investigation into the case and expressed their support for Zaira.

“We @airvistara have seen the reports regarding @ZairaWasim experience with another customer on board last night. We are carrying out detailed investigation and would support Zaira in every way required.

We have zero tolerance for such behavior,” the airline tweeted. Vistara COO Sanjiv Kapoor also tweeted, saying the company has zero tolerance towards “this kind of thing”. Talking to a TV channel, Zaira’s manager Tuhin Mishra said, “This is shocking. Zaira approached cabin crew but they didn’t react.

We have written to Vistara. We will file a police complaint. She is in a state of shock.” The National Commission of Women has also said it is sending a notice to the airline for not getting the accused arrested. “ Sending notice to @airvistara for not helping #ZairaWasim and not getting the man arrested after landing.

Why have they not named this man?” tweeted Rekha Sharma from the women’s panel. Sources say that the Civil Aviation Ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have sought details on the incident from Air Vistara.

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