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Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Man Arrested for Molesting actress Zaira Wasim on Plane

Man Arrested for Molesting actress Zaira Wasim on Plane

After the prosecutor in the Zaira Wasim molestation case asked the court for a 14-day police custody of the accused, the defendant's advocate argued that legal conditions to apply the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act were not fulfilled in the case.

It can take months for formal charges to be filed in India.

As per details, Vikas Prakash, who allegedly molested Bollywood actress on a flight, was apprehended by Mumbai police and would be produce before the court for the further proceeding. But the defense lawyer said that the act was not intentional and that his client was very exhausted as he had taken a 7 am flight to Delhi to attend a condolence meet for his maternal uncle, who passed away four days earlier the incident. The victim shifted a bit on her seat to get away from his leg but despite this he repeated the act after which she raised an alarm.

Ziara Wasim took a video of a man's foot poking out from behind her seat.

"He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck", she said in an Instagram post, looking visibly upset. "Is this how they are doing to take care of girls?" the actor said in the video made shortly after landing late on Saturday.

Wasim starred in Dangal, Bollywood's highest grossing film to date. The accused has been identified as 39-year-old Vikas Sachdeva, a senior executive at an entertainment firm in Mumbai.

The Airline said it is carrying out a detailed investigation in the matter. "We have zero tolerance for such behaviour".

Neither Sachdeva or his lawyers could be reached for comment.

This is what Wasim said in her Instagram post from within the plane.

HS Anad concluded that the allegations were "a publicity stunt".

The man and his wife, who later spoke to local media, explained he was in a deep sleep, returning from a funeral of a family member.

The airline, Air Vistara, said it was investigating and posted a statement on social media.

"We have seen the reports regarding her experience with another customer on board last night".

The women's commissions from both Delhi and Maharashtra, as well as the National Commission for Women, have assured the actor of support, with the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar saying she would take the "shameful incident" up with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the airline and the police.

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