Dangal actress Zaira Wasim, who played the role of young Geeta Phogat in the Aamir Khan-starrer superhit Bollywood movie Dangal has recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
The actress has been allegedly molested by a middle-aged man while she was traveling on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai.
The 17-year-old actress, in an Instagram post, had alleged that the passenger, who was sitting behind her, was rubbing his foot against her back and neck while she was half asleep.
The actor posted a video on the social media platform a little after midnight, in which she narrated the harrowing incident on board an Air Vistara flight, tears rolling down her cheeks.
She said, “So, I was in a flight traveling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on phone to understand it better because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it”.
“Managed to get this,” actress posted with a snapshot of the man’s foot which was rested on her arm rest.
“The lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another five to ten minutes and then I was sure of it. He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” the Kashmiri teen, who shot to fame for her stellar role in Aamir Khan’s blockbuster ‘Dangal’, said in the post.
In the video, which she recorded immediately after deboarding the flight, Wasim broke down several times.
“This is not done, I am disturbed…Is this how you’re going to take care of girls? This is not the way anybody should be made to feel. This is terrible!” she said.
“No one will help us if we don’t decide to help ourselves. And this is the worst thing,” she added.
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Cops have recorded the actress’ statement in Mumbai, where she landed after her harrowing flight during which, she alleges, a male passenger rubbed his foot along her neck and back.
The accused, 39-year-old Vikas Sachdev, has now been detained by the Mumbai police officials after Vistara officials met the Dangal star over the issue. He will be produced in the court on Monday.
A case has been filed under section 354 and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) act as she is a minor.