Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Zaira Wasim molestation case: NCW, DCW issue notice to Vistara Airlines

Zaira Wasim molestation case: NCW, DCW issue notice to Vistara Airlines

Zaira had last night taken to Instagram to post a story wherein she alleged a middle-aged man tried to molest her when she was en route Mumbai from Delhi by an Air Vistara flight.

The incident came to light when the 17-year-old actress shared the ordeal she had to go through in an Instagram video. The man in question was sitting on a seat behind and rubbing her back and neck while Zaira was asleep.

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Air Vastara was quick to respond and released a statement on Twitter in which they apologised to Wasim and extended their support to her in whatever action she wishes to take.

The airline clarified that the Dangal star started yelling at the accused when the flight was about to land.

However, a section of the Twitterati feels it was wrong on the part of Zaira to have not reacted when she was being assaulted and later made a video to gain sympathy.

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"So I am taking suo moto cognizance and giving notice to Vistara also a copy to DCP Maharashtra to act against the airlines".

On its part, Vistara Airlines has said it will investigate the issue. "No one is going to help us if we don't speak up for ourselves, and this is the worst thing".

Meanwhile, in response to the video, Vistara said it would look into the complaint, and added that it had "zero tolerance for such behaviour".

Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar condemned it as a "shameful incident".

Earlier, Vistara chief strategy and commercial officer Sanjiv Kapoor in a statement said, "We are talking to our crew who were serving Wasim to understand the incident at greater length, and reaching out to fellow passengers as well". Latest updates coming in from sources say that the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Directorate General of Civil Aviation has also asked Vistara to furnish details of the alleged molestation attempt. "We apologise for what Wasim experienced and we have zero tolerance for such behaviour", a post on the airlines' official Twitter page stated. "If the owners of such companies do not take suitable action against such employees their conduct will never change", Gorhe said.

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