Mumbai Police tweets in support of Bollywood actor who had alleged molestation aboard a flight

The Mumbai Police came out in support of the 17-year-old Bollywood actor who recently alleged molestation aboard an aeroplane.

bollywood Updated: Dec 19, 2017 21:32 IST
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The National award winning actor had taken to Instagram to allege that a male co-passenger, who was sitting behind her on the flight, had rubbed his foot on her back and neck.

The Mumbai Police came out in support of the 17-year-old Bollywood actor who recently alleged molestation aboard an aeroplane. The police posted a message urging people to take cases such as this seriously in a characteristically forthright tweet.

“It is the Constitutional Right of every victim to report sexual abuse and it is our duty to take cognizance, investigate & facilitate justice. Kindly refrain from being judgmental and #Respect the Right of a Victim of a Sexual Assault,” they said.

The National award winning actor had taken to Instagram to allege that a male co-passenger, who was sitting behind her on the flight, had rubbed his foot on her back and neck.

The teenager, who has starred in a Bollywood blockbuster, was visibly shaken in her video post.

“So, I was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me 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 lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another 5-10 minutes and then I was sure of it. He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” she said in the video post.

She further indicated that she received no help from the cabin crew when she alerted them.

The teenager, however, managed to take a photo of the man’s foot which was on her arm rest.

“This is not done, I am disturbed. Is this how you’re going to take care of girls?” she said as she broke down in the video.

“Who is going to help us girls? If we don’t help ourselves, nobody will come ahead,” she added.

Vistara said it was investigating the complaint and would extend all help to the 17-year-old, adding it had “zero tolerance for such behaviour”.

The airline also said that the crew became aware of a problem only when the flight was in its final descent, but they were seated for landing as a part of safety protocol.

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First Published: Dec 19, 2017 21:32 IST