1. Dangal actress molestation on Vistara flight: Wife backs offender, here’s what she wants

Dangal actress molestation on Vistara flight: Wife backs offender, here’s what she wants

The video sparked outrage on social media, where fans came out in support of the actress, who shot to fame through her role as a child wrestler in the 2016 blockbuster Bollywood drama ‘Dangal’.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2017 4:16 PM
Dangal Girl molesation, Vistara Dangal actress molestation on Vistara flight: Wife backs offender, here’s what she wants (Representative Image)

The wife of the accused in the alleged molestation case of the Dangal star on a Vistara airlines flight has spoken out in defence of her husband on Monday. In her reaction, she said her husband, Vikas Sachdev is innocent and had no intention to molest the actress. She added that there was a tragedy in the family in which a young person of the family lost his life and due to this her husband had not slept for twenty-four hours. She also said that Vikas’s foot was on armrest but not with an intention to harass. She also said that there was no immediate reaction by Dangal girl and she didn’t know why she levelled these allegations against her husband. The accused wife also said that she wants justice as maybe there was a misunderstanding as her husband is a family man and can never do such a thing.

The Police on Monday has sent the accused Vikas Sachdev under police custody till 13th December.

The police have filed a sexual assault case against an airline passenger after the 17-year-old Bollywood actress said the male passenger had molested her during a late New Delhi-Mumbai flight.

The Dangal star’s post on an Instagram video alleged that a passenger sitting on the seat behind her molested her. The post reads, “He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” “Is this how we are going to take care of girls?”.

The video sparked outrage on social media, where fans came out in support of the actress, who shot to fame through her role as a child wrestler in the 2016 blockbuster Bollywood drama ‘Dangal’.

According to a Mumbai police official, the case has been registered against a man identified as Vikas Sachdeva, under Section 354 — for assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty — and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

A spokeswoman for the airline said it had provided details to the police and aviation authorities and its senior management had flown to Mumbai to assist the victim in the investigation. The airline – Vistara has also expressed deep concern and regretted the unfortunate experience of the Dangal actress. The airline has said that 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 to her.

The accused Vikas Sachdev is 39 years old and he is a businessman in Mumbai.

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    Amit
    Dec 12, 2017 at 10:55 am
    She's only talking about him stretching his leg... what about his hand? Does that also move along the neck and head of women passengers in the front seat in a state of rest? Besides, you don't stretch your leg in front when there is a passenger seated. Additionally, this happened not only during the entire course of the flight but also while landing. Never heard of anyone sleeping while landing.
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      Suhail
      Dec 12, 2017 at 10:20 am
      This is just a bull story from the wife of the accused. The accused should punished and penalized for what he has done.
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        Mohan Chawla
        Dec 12, 2017 at 10:18 am
        She should have complained to the crew and sorted out the matter, her mom should have interfered .It seems some times want publicity they show their temper . The person concerned had said sorry and she later on flared up on reaching airport to get publicity.
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          Ash
          Dec 12, 2017 at 10:14 am
          I feel really sorry for people of India where law was never gever neutral and is always biased towards fairer sex.
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            gs
            Dec 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm
            Though you said quite rightly but then you yourself used the word "fairer" which discriminates men from women. Actually what has happend that we have become habitual of taking "men as gender" for granted. Do or whatever harmful to men, it doesnot matter. But for women, well you know "how to respect".
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          2. rashtravadi indian
            Dec 12, 2017 at 10:12 am
            A film actress who has done one film lodged a complaint and police has arrested the man. She says she has seen only legs and not the face. If someone bothers on on your entire journey and you do not even bother to look at his face or to complain to the staff and just tweet and you get justice. It seems her egos are hurt because this guy did not even care to notice her and in addition to that sleeping with his legs all around. Her egos are hurt and she is demonstrating her arrogance by tweeting. She knows that she has the requisite community tag to get support from the film industry that is mostly ruled by the people with similar tags and illiterates.
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              Satnair
              Dec 12, 2017 at 10:06 am
              1. There's dedicated inflight crew for business class 2. Stretch your arms and you will reach the Call button, within seconds someone will attend you 3. Again at arms length you have switches for reading lights for both Ma daughter who were on the same row. 4. Blaming dimmed cabin lights for a missed video shot is bizarre.Why does she need a video when help is just 6 feet away? 5. Did'nt her mother intervene? Yes, the guy is at fault for stretching his legs beyond limits. He may be pretty tall else I wonder how his toes can reach the neck of a tall girl on the Business class alley?
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                Partho
                Dec 11, 2017 at 6:26 pm
                If what the man's wife says is indeed true, but since he was sitting with his foot on the arm rest of this Dangal Actres, and becoz the Air Hostesses ought to be on duty to ward off/correct the incorrect behavior/ ill mannered postures of passengers 24x7- what the heck were the VISTARA Staff on duty doing? And could not the Dangal actress complain if none of the air hostesses were doing their duty? This I understand was the 1st Class area two seats per row and good space too for stretching. No, there is more to it than meets the eyes- family tragedy or whatever- staff on duty everywhere are also taking their jobs very casually and unprofessionally compared to the payments they receive and the time they spend on the job. Whereas our main news ought to involve how we are lifting up the marginalized in society, these news, however tragic, involving the neo-rich deflect our positive thinking into dark gully/alleys of "no solution"....
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                  Pavi
                  Dec 12, 2017 at 10:08 am
                  May be the actress complain to the airline staff? May be he was not doing anything wrong. That's why she didn't complain to Vistara staff on board. Instead of filing a complaint when the supposed demeanour was happening, she goes home and then posts a video on social media!! This seems to be a case of failed actress trying to get cheap publicity at the cost of character of another person.
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                    gs
                    Dec 12, 2017 at 10:28 am
                    Do you know what is posco act and what is it for. Do you think an ill-mannered act can be taken as a crime as henius as posco. it will ruin a men's life and his prestige for full life. What remedy will this men get if posco not proven, will he get back his dignity. Dont think from a mangina (modern feminist) point of view. No doubt another Rohtak/harprit incidence waiting.
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                      Amit
                      Dec 12, 2017 at 10:53 am
                      She's only talking about him stretching his leg... what about his hand? Does that also move along the neck and head of women passengers in the front seat in a state of rest? Besides, you don't stretch your leg in front when there is a passenger seated. Additionally, this happened not only during the flight but also while landing. Never heard of anyone sleeping while landing.
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                        gs
                        Dec 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm
                        so many silly questions. reply my questions:- 1. her mother was also in flight, if she told her or not 2.whether she asked the passenger not to do the same or not 3. if yes then what that passenger replied hilarious is a girl did nothing to stop it but cry loud after landing and that too on internet. height of hypocrisy
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                      gs
                      Dec 11, 2017 at 4:53 pm
                      Zaira doing even more brilliant acting than her film. even if you watch that video nothing is molestation like. But yes now a days air is like this so there is more kangna's zaira's coming.
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                        Pavi
                        Dec 12, 2017 at 10:09 am
                        Very true. This is just a cheap publicity stunt by the actress.
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                          Amit
                          Dec 12, 2017 at 10:57 am
                          It is because of at ude of people like you that women tolerate molesters and end up getting raped. You'll probably call that acting as well. This is what gives guys the guts to do more - knowing that their wrong actions will gain more support than the victim's pleas.
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                            gs
                            Dec 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm
                            this is because of people like you amit innocent men got charged act like POSCO against them. People easily forget story of rohtak brave sis. seriously a big mangina network is working. no body listen the plight of men just hang him.
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                          Sachedev Singh
                          Dec 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm
                          If it is a politician of any rank, will the police arrest him? Without knowing the fact, police act very fast with a common man . If it is a influential person, even after years it will not reach such a person. This is justice and law of our country. Politicians who caught red handed with crimes, tapes, looted money are scot free and no punishment against them. An ordy man who takes a bribe of Rs.200/- or so is caught immediately and put into jail with so many 320/420s etc etc. This is what we are seeing for the past 5 decades.
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