A Jet Airways airhostess was sexually harassed onboard a Varanasi-Delhi flight, allegedly by an inebriated passenger on Monday afternoon, police said.
The passenger allegedly touched her inappropriately after the Jet Airways flight 9W 2424 took off from Varanasi for Delhi.
When she objected to the indecent behaviour, the inebriated passenger verbally abused her and other crew members and made obscene gestures, police said.
The airhostess informed the flight captain who alerted the air traffic controller (ATC) about the alleged misbehaviour and sexual harassment by the passenger.
On the airhostess’s complaint, a case under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) was registered against the passenger at the IGI Airport police station.
The passenger, identified as Harish Kumar, was arrested after the flight landed at Terminal-3 of the IGI Airport, police said. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel nabbed Kumar at the exit point and later handed him over to the airport wing of Delhi Police.
Deputy commissioner of police (IGI Airport) MI Haider said: “The passenger, Harish Kumar, was arrested after a case was registered against him. He was later released on bail.”
The airhostess said Harish Kumar was drunk when he boarded the flight and travelling on seat number 20B.
She said his condition was such that he was not able to understand the instructions given to him about the overwing exit when she went to his seat to explain the procedure to the passengers.
“His (Harish Kumar) friend Alok, seated next to him, listened to her briefing. A few minutes later, Harish went to the washroom and while returning to his seat he touched her back and waist intentionally. The airhostess was shocked at his indecent behaviour but could not react. She informed other cabin crew members and the flight captain about the incident,” said a police officer, quoting her complaint.
Some minutes later, the officer said, Harish came to the gallery of the aircraft and verbally abused the airhostess and other crew members. He made obscene gestures at them while using offensive language, police said. Several passengers and crew members were witness to the incident, the airhostess said in her complaint to the police.
A spokesperson for Jet Airways refused comment on the incident.