Man Who ‘Molested’ Teenage Actress May be Put on No-Fly List: Jayant Sinha
New Delhi, December 10: The man who allegedly molested a teenage actress on Delhi-Mumbai bound Vistara flight will be put on the no-fly list if the allegations against him are found to be true, junior civil aviation minister Jayant Sinha who was in Ranchi said on Sunday. The accused was arrested by Mumbai police officials on Sunday night after a brief detention.
The actor posted a video on Instagram moments after landing in Delhi on Saturday morning and narrated the alleged incident in tears. According to her, the man, whom the victim identified as a middle-aged, touched her several times on her back and neck. The flight was bound towards Mumbai.
Following the legal protocols, India.com is not disclosing her identity to protect victims of sexual crimes.
Jayant Sinha said that the incident was unfortunate and his department stands in support of the actor. The minister was in Ranchi to attend an executive committee meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jharkhand.
Under the no-fly list guidelines of the civil aviation, a passenger can be banned from travelling by air in the country for over three months to a lifetime, depending on the severity of the offence.
Moments after the video of teenage actress went viral on social media, Mumbai police registered an FIR against the unidentified passenger.
A case under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code, and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
The airline said that it has started investigating the matter and would extend all help to the actor, adding it had “zero tolerance for such behaviour”.
The civil aviation ministry and aviation watchdog DGCA have sought details from Air Vistara over the incident, news agency ANI reported. The National Commission of Women (NCW) has also said it is sending a notice to the airline for not getting the accused arrested.