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Zaira Wasim allegedly molested on Vistara flight; airline promises investigation


A video of the sobbing Dangal (2016) actress accusing the man seated behind her of inappropriate behaviour has gone viral.

Mayur Lookhar

Secret Superstar (2017) actress Zaira Wasim has alleged molestation at the hands of co-passenger during a Delhi-Mumbai flight on Saturday. Wasim was on Vistara flight UK981.

An Instagram video of the teenaged actress talking about the horrid experience she had on the flight went viral.

“I just landed. The whole irony of this is that I yelled. ... This is not done at all. This is terrible. This is how we are going to take care of girls. No one will help us if we don’t decide to help ourselves. This is the worst thing,” the sobbing Zaira said in the video. 

The video contains footage of the passenger sitting behind Zaira placing his foot on the armrest of the actress's seat. The video was also shared by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar. 

 

How Anybody Can Do Like This 😤 . . #Vistara #ZairaWasim #Bollywood #Actress

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Earlier Zaira is said to have recalled her ordeal through an Instagram story. A man named Ravi Kaushal posted her story on his Instagram account. 

“So, I was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me [was] one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on my phone to understand it better, but because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it," said Zaira on the Instagram story. “I ignored it for the first time. Blamed turbulence for it, Until I woke up to the pleasant sight of his beautiful foot rubbing my back and neck.” 

 

😠😠 ye hamare india ke log jo bolte h protect girl. How we expect indian people . Take care of girl. No one save even 👇 #Dangal_girl #Zaira_wasim #Story @zairawasim_ 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. So i was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me one middle aged man who made my 2 hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on my phone to understand it better but because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it. I ignored it the first time. Blamed the turbulence for it. Until I woke me up to this PLEASENT SIGHT of his BEAUTIFUL foot rubbing my back and neck. Guess he couldn't sit like a civilized human being and placed his foot on my arm rest while he's fully PHELAOED his body on his seat. It was all chill till I felt somebody brushing against my back while I was half asleep. Slow claps for vistara's crew guys! Wonderful!

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Meanwhile, the airline has taken note of the reports and promised to investigate the matter. Air Vistara promised full support to the actress.

“We are aware of the incident reported by Ms Zaira Wasim on board our flight UK981 last night from Delhi to Mumbai. We are carrying out a detailed investigation of the incident which apparently involved a male passenger on the flight. We are talking to our crew who were serving Ms Wasim to understand the incident at greater length, and reaching out to fellow passengers as well. We will support Ms Wasim in every way required and also if she decides to report the matter to the police. It appears crew only became aware of something amiss during final descent when they were seated for landing. Further details will come from the investigation which is currently on in full force.We apologize for what she experienced and we have zero tolerance for such behaviour," Sanjiv Kapoor, chief strategy and commercial officer said in a statement.