MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Actress Zaira Wasim has alleged she was molested mid-air by a middle-aged man, drawing strong reactions by women rights activists and politicians.
The National Award winning Kashmiri actress complained about her ordeal, claiming that a middle-aged man seated behind her moved his foot up and down her neck and back.
In a self-shot video for Instagram live chat, Zaira is also seen breaking down.
“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.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said she was appalled.
“Any harassment or crime against women should be dealt with swiftly and effectively. As a mother of two daughters, I am appalled at what happened with Zaira,” Mufti tweeted and urged the authorities to take strict action.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said the passenger should be identified by Air Vistara and a case should be filed.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) as well as the Delhi and Maharashtra commisions for women urged the actress to approach the police.
Vistara Airlines apologised to Zaira and said it was carrying out a detailed investigation.