Mumbai: The man who allegedly molested actor Zaira Wasim on board a Delhi-Mumbai flight last night was arrested in Mumbai after a huge public outcry over the incident prompted the Maharashtra State Commission for Women to seek an enquiry into the “shameful” incident.
The 39-year-old Vikas Sachdev was arrested late in the evening, police said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Anil Kumbhare said he will be produced in the court today.
Sachdev has been booked under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC, and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the actor is a minor, Senior Police Inspector, Sahar, Lata Shirsat, said.
The airline–Vistara–said it has submitted an initial report to the regulator DGCA about the incident which created an uproar and invited all-round condemnation.
Vistara, which is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, regretted the “unfortunate experience” and apologised to Wasim.
It also said senior members of the management team have been flown to Mumbai to meet the “Dangal” actor, who narrated her ordeal on Instagram.
Wasim said she was on a Vistara flight last night from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest.