Actress Zaira Wasim sexually harassed on board Air Vistara flight

Vistara went into damage-control mode on Sunday, as fans of Dangal actress Zaira Wasim took to Twitter to express their outrage after she claimed to have been molested on one of the flights of the airline.

While the debate is still on, Mumbai Police has recorded the Bollywood actor's statement and a case has been registered against the unidentified flyer under Section 354 and POSCO Act as she is a minor. And even celebrities are being harassed and the latest one to be in that category is talented child actor, Zaira Wasim.

Terming the incident as "shameful", Maharashtra State Commission for Women's (MSCW) chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar said they will seek a detailed inquiry into it from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The accused, 39-year-old Vikas Sachdev, has now been detained by the Mumbai police officials.

The suspect -- a 39-year-old businessman from Mumbai -- was identified with the help of the airline and the description provided by actor, whose name is being withheld due to legal protocols that protect the identity of victims in sexual crimes. According to the sources, Zaira was creaming the time of landing and flight crew doesn't able to help her as they were tied up with the seat belt as its mandate process while landing.

Mufti took to Twitter, saying, "Any harassment or crime against women should be dealt with swiftly and effectively". As a mother of 2 daughters I am appalled at what happened... Responding to Zaira's complain Vistara said, "We have seen the reports regarding Zaira Wasim's experience with another customer on board last night". 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. "None of this "he fell at my feet, so I forgive him" rubbish!".

Condemnation against the incident poured in from celebrities and political leaders.

"Those travelling by airlines usually work in good positions in companies. We are with her, and will ensure she gets justice".

  • Rogelio Becker