Monday, August 21, 2023

Maldivian national arrested in Bengaluru for sexually harassing Indigo cabin crew

A 51-year-old Maldivian national, identified as Akram Ahmed, was arrested at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport on Friday, August 18, for allegedly sexually harassing the female cabin crew members belonging to Indigo Airlines. The incident occurred aboard IndiGo flight 6E 1128, which was en route from Male to Bengaluru. Though the incident took place three days ago, it came to light only on Monday.

According to reports, the incident unfolded between 3.45 pm and 6 pm on Friday. Ahmed, who was on his way to Bengaluru for psoriasis treatment, allegedly summoned a 20-year-old flight attendant shortly after the flight took off and misbehaved with her. He reportedly requested beer and cashew nuts, and proceeded to pay 100 USD for a 10 USD beer. He also allegedly made inappropriate remarks against the 20-year-old woman. “I've been looking for a girl like you for 51 years. When will you be free?” he allegedly remarked, according to the Kempegowda International Airport police.

Ahmed later harassed another female flight attendant. According to the Times of India, Ahmed left his seat multiple times during the flight, and continued to harass the women by summoning them often during the entire journey.

The cabin crew reported the incident to the management, following which they filed a complaint with the police. Upon landing at Kempegowda International Airport, Ahmed was handed over to airport security personnel.

The police said that Ahmed was arrested and has been remanded in judicial custody pending further investigation. During the investigation, Ahmed reportedly argued with the rhetoric of “they were asking for it” and said it was the ‘attractiveness’ of the airline's employees as the reason for his actions.

21/08/2023 News Minute

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