Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Women’s panel yet to get details sought from airline

Mumbai: The National Commission for Women (NCW) is yet to receive details of the alleged molestation of a minor actor on board a Delhi-Mumbai Vistara flight Saturday by a fellow passenger. In spite of seeking the details from the airline within 24 hours after the matter was reported on Sunday morning, no information was received by the NCW till Monday evening.
The Mumbai police Sunday registered a case under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the accused, Vikas Sachdeva.
The NCW has sought an explanation from the airline for not heeding to the complaint of the girl immediately after the incident. It has also asked why the accused was not handed over to the concerned authorities even after the victim raised an alarm during the journey.
“We are yet to receive details of the incident. As directed by the airline, we had sent an official mail to the airline on Sunday morning, asking for the requirements. Officials then asked us to mark the mail to the ethics committee of the airline,” Rekha Singh, the Chairperson, NCW said.
“After having mailed to the ethics committee, we received a reply from the airline Monday morning claiming they would want us to draft another mail to senior officials of the airline. While the timeline given to them to submit the details is over, we will wait till Tuesday to get the details,” Singh added.
“We will wait till Tuesday, else summon the airline to our office. We also await the completion of investigation by the
police. We will take the matter till the Ministry of Civil Aviation if any lapse on the part of the airline is noticed,” Singh added.
12/12/17 Neha Kulkarni/Indian Express