Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Actor ‘molestation’: Two-day police remand for accused Vistara passenger in POCSO Act case

Mumbai: The 39-year-old executive arrested for allegedly molesting a minor actor onboard a flight on Saturday was produced in a special court that remanded him in two days’ police custody on Monday. The 17-year-old actor, who had narrated the incident on social media Sunday, told the police the man continued to touch her with his foot even after she shifted in her seat to avoid further contact.
The Mumbai Police arrested Chandivali resident Vikas Sachdeva Sunday night after the actor lodged a formal complaint. Sachdeva, a senior executive in a Delhi-based firm, was booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
The incident took place on board a Delhi-Mumbai Air Vistara flight on Saturday night. The police said the actor was travelling to Mumbai with her mother and seated in the business class section.
Sachdeva, the police said, got himself a business class window seat right behind the actor after upgrading his economy class seat. According to the police, Sachdeva placed one foot on the armrest of the girl’s seat and repeatedly touched her back and neck. An official at the Sahar police station said the actor, who was asleep, woke up due to the contact and shifted in her seat, away from the man’s foot.
“But the accused continued to touch her inappropriately even then. After this went on for 5-10 minutes, the actress asked the man to sit properly,” said the officer. The actress also took a picture of Sachdeva’s foot using her phone and claimed that she could not take a picture of his face because the cabin lights were dim inside the aircraft.
The police have recorded statements of a fellow passenger who was witness to the chaos in the flight that followed when the actor alerted her mother and complained to flight stewards.
“The accused apologised to the girl at the time and in the confusion in the aircraft after it landed in Mumbai she left with her mother,” added the official. On Sunday, she posted a ‘story’ on social media detailing Sachdeva’s alleged unwarranted contact. On Monday afternoon, Sachdeva was produced in a special POCSO Act court at the sessions court in Dindoshi.
12/12/17 Indian Express