Dangal actress Zaira Wasim has detailed a harrowing experience of being allegedly molested by a middle-aged man while she was on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai. The 17-year-old stated in an Instagram post that a passenger on the flight rubbed his foot up her back and neck while she was “half asleep”.
The actress posted a snapshot of the man’s foot, which was perched on the arm rest.
“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 phone to understand it better [but] 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,” she said.
“The lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another five to 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 continued.
“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 feel... 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.
Wasim stated the incident occurred aboard the Indian carrier, Vistara Airlines. In one of her posts, the actress also slammed the airline saying: “Slow claps for Vistara’s crew guys! Wonderful!”
In response, the airline posted a statement on its official Twitter account stating it will investigate the issue.
The statement read: “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.”