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Man who ‘molested’ teenage Bollywood actor may be put on no-fly list: Minister

Police begin investigation under sections dealing with molestation, sexual attacks on children.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2017 17:35 IST
Air Vistara Delhi to Mumbai,Zaira Wasim,Dangal
The alleged incident took place on a Vistara flight from Mumbai to Delhi. (HT file photo)

The man who allegedly molested a national award-winning actor on a flight will be put on the no-fly list if the allegations are found to be true, said junior civil aviation minister Jayant Sinha in Ranchi on Sunday.

The actor posted a video on Instagram immediately after landing in Delhi on Saturday, narrating the alleged incident in tears. According to her, the man, whom she identified as middle-aged, touched her several times on her back and neck. They were on a Vistara flight from Mumbai.

HT is not disclosing her identity due to legal protocols that are meant to protect victims of sexual crimes.

Under no-fly list guidelines of civil aviation, a passenger can be banned from travelling by air in the country for a period of three months to lifetime

Minister Sinha said the incident was unfortunate and his department stands in support of the actor. He was in Ranchi to attend an executive committee meeting of the Jharkhand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Under the no-fly list guidelines of the civil aviation, a passenger can be banned from travelling by air in the country for a period of three months to lifetime, depending on the severity of offence.

Mumbai police registered an FIR on Sunday against the unidentified passenger after the 17-year-old actor shared her ordeal.

The case was registered under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

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

First Published: Dec 10, 2017 17:02 IST