Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Zaira Wasim molestation row: Accused's wife claims husband had apologised, the actress said 'it's okay'

Mumbai: The wife of Vikas Sachdev, arrested for allegedly molesting actor Zaira Wasim on board a Delhi- Mumbai flight on December 9, today claimed her husband, before deboarding, had "apologised" to the teenager to which she said it was "okay".
She claimed that her husband's leg had accidentally touched the actor.
Sachdev, a resident of suburban Chandivli, was arrested last evening after a huge public outcry over the incident prompted the Maharashtra State Commission for Women to seek an inquiry into the "shameful" incident.
He was booked for assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as the actor is a minor.

Sachdev's wife Divya interacted with reporters on the premises of the sessions court at Dindoshi in suburban Goregaon after he was remanded in police custody till December 13.

Divya Sachdev claimed her husband had apologised to the actor before deboarding at the Mumbai airport "to which she said it was okay".

"My husband is a family man. He is innocent. He was mentally exhausted as he was returning after attending the funeral of his uncle (in Delhi).

"He was taking rest and was fast asleep when his leg accidentally touched the girl. Vikas apologised to the actor before getting out of the plane to which she said it was okay," she claimed.

The "Dangal" actor, who had narrated her ordeal on the Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Instagram, had said that a passenger sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest.
In the video, which Wasim recorded immediately after deboarding the flight, the 17-year-old actor broke down several times.
"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..." she said.

"The lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another five to ten 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," the Kashmiri teen, who shot to fame for her stellar performance in Aamir Khan's blockbuster "Dangal", said in the video.
When asked if any official from the airlines got in touch with them, Divya Sachdev said her husband had told the cabin crew not to disturb him for anything during the flight as he wanted to take rest.
She also alleged that the police lied about the timing of her husband's arrest.
As per the remand copy produced by the police in the court today, Vikas Sachdev was arrested at around 9 pm yesterday.
The woman, however, claimed that her husband was actually picked up from their residence (in Chandivali) at around 12:30 pm yesterday and that she can produce the CCTV footage from the building cameras to prove her claim.
12/12/17 PTI/Economic Times

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