Accused, who molested Dangal actor mid air, arrested
Mumbai: The accused, who has allegedly molested Dangal actor Zaira Wasim mid air in Vistara Airlines, has been arrested by the Mumbai Police late on Sunday night.
The accused, identified as Vikas Sachdeva, 39. According to police, Sachdeva, a resident of Andheri, was earlier detained this afternoon and questioned before arrested for molestation and on other charges.
The incident drew wide condemnation.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said she was appalled.
"Any harassment or crime against women should be dealt with swiftly and effectively. As a mother of two daughters, I am appalled at what happened with Zaira," Mufti tweeted and urged the authorities to take strict action.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the passenger should be identified by Air Vistara and a case should be filed.
The Civil Aviation Ministry has sought a report on the incident while the National Commission for Women (NCW) as well as the Delhi and Maharashtra commisions for women urged the actress to approach police.
NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma, Swati Maliwal of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar, issued notices to authorities concerned to take due action.
DCW has already sought answers from Vistara Airlines seeking details of the action taken by airlines.
Vistara Airlines apologised to Zaira and said it was carrying out a detailed investigation.
"We will support Wasim in every way required and also if she decides to report this matter to the police... We apologise for what Wasim experienced and we have zero tolerance for such behaviour," read a post on the Airlines' official Twitter page.
The actress complained about her ordeal on the flight on Saturday, claiming that a middle-aged man seated behind her moved his foot up and down her neck and back.