Wednesday, July 05, 2023

BSF jawan molests air hostess on airport premises

In a clear case of the saviour becoming tormentor, a 21-year-old air hostess was allegedly molested by a jawan of the Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday night on the International Airport Lohegaon premises.  

Speaking to Mirror, the victim pointed out the security lapses at the airport since the incident happened while she was waiting for a cab after finishing her duty hours.

The incident has left her traumatised. A resident of Hadapsar, she has been working with IndiGO Airlines for the past seven months. On Sunday, after completing her trip on a Goa-Pune flight between 9 pm and 11 pm, she reached Lohegaon airport at 11.15 pm and booked a cab for home.

She came out of the airport with two of her colleagues who had also booked cabs. The victim was waiting near the Airport Entry Pass (AEP) office. She was searching for the cab driver's contact number when she spotted a man coming towards her. As soon as he reached her, he snatched her mobile phone. 

“While he did that, he touched me inappropriately. I realised that he was drunk. I shouted for help. The CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) jawans reached the spot and took the man away. I was scared a lot. Even the cab driver, Pravin Kulkarni, saw the man misbehaving and he came running to help me. He tried to stop him, but the man was in no condition to listen,” the victim said.   

The CISF jawans took Ganesh Salunke, the aggressor, to Vimantal police station, where an FIR was lodged and he was arrested by the police. He was booked under Sections 354 (Assault of criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of woman) of the Indian Penal Code. 

Saluke is a resident of Satara and is posted in Mizoram. Senior police inspector Vilas Sonde said, “The accused is a BSF jawan and posted in Mizoram. He was on leave. He was traveling along with his wife on Sunday. But he was drunk at the airport. He committed the act under the influence of alcohol. We have booked him and completed the other formality by informing the BSF officials.” 

05/07/2023 Archana More and Ankit Shukla/Pune Mirror

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