Friday, July 21, 2023

Woman 'sexually harassed' on Abu Dhabi-Chennai Indigo flight; accused arrested

Chennai: In yet another incident of unruly behavior on board flights, a young man from Karaikudi area of Tamil Nadu has been accused of sexually harassing a woman passenger on board an Indigo Airlines passenger flight which landed at the Chennai airport from Abu Dhabi on Thursday, sources said. 
The accused has been arrested by the Chennai airport police even as he has denied any wrongdoing. Panic spread inside the Indigo flight with 156 passengers on board as the woman screamed mid-air on Thursday, sources said. As the fellow passengers asked her why she was screaming, the woman told them that the young man sitting behind her had inappropriately touched her several times. Sources said that he young man was severely reprimanded by the flight attendants and fellow passengers. 
 However, the accused denied any wrongdoing saying that his hand had touched the woman while he was asleep to which the woman said that he was lying. 
The woman said that the man had not touched her once but many times. “I hit his hands several times, but he continued to act like that,'' she complained. As the situation turned ugly, the flight attendants informed the flight captain, who in turn contacted the Chennai airport control room and alerted security officials. 
 As the plane landed at Chennai International Airport, the accused man was handed over to the Chennai airport police station. The woman passenger also went to the police station to file a complaint against the youth. The accused has been identified as Shakthi (28), hailing from Karaikudi in Sivagangai district.
21/07/2023 ETV Bharat

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