Mumbai, Dec 10: “Dangal” actress Zaira Wasim has shared a harrowing experience of being allegedly molested by a middle-aged man while she was on board from Delhi to Mumbai.
The 17-year-old National Award winner took Instagram to detail her ordeal.
“Managed to get this,” Zaira posted along with a picture of the man’s foot, which was rested on her arm rest.
“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”, Wasim said news agency IANS quoted.
“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.
“It was all chill till I felt somebody brushing against my back while I was half asleep. I ignored it the first time. Blamed the turbulence for it. Until I woke me up to this pleasant sight of his beautiful foot rubbing my back and neck.
“Guess he couldn’t sit like a civilised human being and placed his foot on my armrest while he’s fully ‘phelaoed’ (spread) his body on his seat.”
She ended her Instagram story saying “Slow claps for Vistara’s wonderful crew guys.”
In a selfie video doing the rounds on social media, Zaira, hails from Jammu and Kashmir, can be also observed breaking down on an Instagram live chat.
“I just landed, the whole irony of this that I yelled… and this is not done… this is not how you should be treated or made to feela this is terrible. This is how they will take care of girls? No one will help us if we don’t decide to help ourselves and that is the worst thing,” she said, looking visibly disturbed.
Vistara Airlines has said it will probe into the matter.
“We have seen the reports regarding Zaira Wasim experience with another customer on board last night. We are carrying out detailed investigation and will support Zaira in every way required. We have zero tolerance for such behaviour,” read a post on the Airlines’ official Twitter page.
We @airvistara have seen the reports regarding @ZairaWasimmm experience with another customer on board last night. We are carrying out detailed investigation and will support Zaira in every way required. We have zero tolerance for such behaviour.
— Vistara (@airvistara) December 10, 2017
Meanwhile, Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also demanded legal action against an unidentified man accused of molesting “Dangal” actor Zaira Wasim.
“The passenger should be identified to the police by @airvistara & a case filed for legal action. None of this ‘he fell at my feet so I forgive him’ rubbish!”, he wrote on Twitter.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) December 10, 2017