Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Indian Medical Student Denies Charges of Molesting Teen Girl on United Airlines Flight

An Indian medical student Aug. 4 was charged with knowingly engaging in sexual conduct with a minor on a United Airlines flight and the teenage victim has claimed that flight attendants weren't helpful.

According to a New York Daily News report, the 16-year-old victim and her mother, who declined to be identified, said the flight attendants on the United flight from Seattle to Newark, New Jersey, did not provide enough effort in moving her away from the alleged attacker, Vijakumar Krishnappa, a medical student participating in a fellowship program in the U.S.

"I just felt like he could see me. Like he could see wherever I was sitting," the teen said in a CBS News report. "There was just still so much time, like, I couldn't just leave the plane. I didn't have anyone. I didn't feel like there was anyone on the plane that could protect me."
Krishnappa, through his lawyer, has “adamantly” denied the charges, according to a Washington Post report.

The victim’s mother, who was in New Jersey, described her helpless feeling during the situation in the report.

"I'm 3,000 miles away. My child says she's been sexually assaulted and I'm asking her questions and she's like, disoriented, I'm like, 'Where is he?' Do you see him?' And she said, 'He just walked by me.' And I said, 'Get the police! Get United!'”

The victim spoke to a terminal supervisor and the mother, in the report, relayed her shock when she learned that the person had been given no indication this incident occurred.

"The supervisor told me that United did not follow their own protocols. She said, 'You are the first person telling me of your daughter's assault. I don't even have a manifest, I don't have a report. I don't even know who he is or where he is,'" the mother told CBS.

The FBI, which investigates all in-air incidents, was able to identify Krishnappa as the alleged culprit.

According to a federal complaint related to the case, Krishnappa's victim fell asleep after the plane left Seattle on July 23. She awoke to him touching her thigh, the report said.

Upon noticing that she was awake and aware of his attempt to inappropriately touch her, Krishnappa apparently removed his hand and the girl fell asleep again.
22/08/17 India-West

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