Bollywood Actress Molested: Businessman Arrested In The Case
On Sunday evening, the Mumbai police have arrested a 39-year-old businessman, identified as Vikas Sachadev, on charges of allegedly molesting a young actress in a Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai. The incident came to light when the actress uploaded a video of her ordeal on social media, causing a nationwide outrage. Sachadev, who works at a high position at a private media and entertainment firm, will be produced in court on Monday.
“We have arrested the accused and are checking if there is any CCTV footage in the flight,” said Anil Kumbhare, Deputy Commissioner of police, Zone 8. The police recorded a statement and registered the case under Section 354 of the IPC (assault with intent to outrage a woman’s modesty), and Section 8 of the POCSO Act.
The actress, whose flight landed on late in the evening in Mumbai, alleged in a series of messages and a video that she was molested during her journey, as a co-passenger sitting behind her rubbed her shoulder, back, and neck with his foot. “So, I was in a flight traveling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me was one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on phone to understand it better because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it,” the actress said. She also blasted the cabin crew, who were of no help when she raised an alarm. “Slow claps for Vistara’s crew guys… wonderful.” ALSO READ: Shah Rukh Khan Refunds Distributors For Losses Incurred Due To Jab Harry Met Sejal
The police visited the actress at the hotel where she was staying with her mother to record her statement. “This is not done, I am disturbed. Is this how you’re going to take care of girls? Who is going to help us girls? If we don’t help ourselves, nobody will come ahead,” the actress said, crying.
“A probe is on to verify the claims. Appropriate action shall be taken after investigations. Meanwhile, we have sought details from the airlines on the alleged molester and are recording the statement of the airline staff present inside the airplane,” said Sunil Shejwal, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Airport Division.
On this matter, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said, “She should do two things- firstly register an FIR, and secondly, she should cooperate with the airline… they could put the passenger on a no-fly list, if he is found guilty. We condemn this incident.”
Claiming that they have zero tolerance for such behaviour, Vistara said that they are probing the complaint and will extend all help to the actress. “It appears crew only became aware of something amiss during final descent when they were seated for landing. Further details will come from the investigation which is currently ongoing in full force.” The senior officials from Visatara also met the actress and her mother.