Television actress Tina Dutta who popularly known as Iccha from serial ‘Uttaran’ faced a horrible experience while travelling from Mumbai to Rajkot for an event.
The actress complained of being touched inappropriately by a co-passenger. However, no action was taken by the airline crew members.
While talking about the incident to dailybhaskar.com, Tina said “It was one of the horrible incidents I faced while travelling. I have travelled half of the world, but never came through such harrowing experience. I was travelling to Rajkot for an event through Jet Airways and was allotted seat no 30A and my manager was seated on 30C, we were discussing some work related topic when suddenly I felt that someone was trying to sneak their hands through the sides. A passenger seated on seat 31A by the name of Rajesh tried to fiddle with me and started touching me inappropriately. At first I thought it’s a kid but when I turned behind I was horrified to see it was a full grown man, I yelled at him and he was stammering and was ashamed and apologized.”
“I called for the air hostess Ms. Pooja and Mr. Abhijeet to intervene in the matter, but they were not at all helpful instead they had the audacity to tell me such things happen and they will change the man’s seat. I demanded for the man to be deported but I was told that I should also deport to file a complaint, I demanded to speak to the captain after much persuasion was I allowed to speak to him, Mr. Jagjeevan Singh was not friendly his reaction was one of a disgusted person, his reply to the whole matter was, before takeoff they are not responsible for anything that happens post take off they would take responsibility.” she added.
After this incident occurred, Tina also raised a concern on women safety in India. The actress said, “My question is that what if this happened with their family members would they still be so calm about the matter. I felt so violated and yet no one was there to support except one family in the entire aircraft, we as Indians do not care for the safety of our fellow beings, the entire flight did not stand up for this except that family. Are there no safety measures for your passengers?? Is this how you are treated and get to hear all sorts of excuses? Unfortunately, after so much argument, no one came forth for my help.”
“I have some serious questions to Jet Airways, do you not have any safety measure? I was violated and no action was taken apart from changing the man’s seat, another person yelling for no rhyme or reason. I never expected this from Jet, I’ve been an ardent flyer with this airways but i won’t take my chances next time. I am really disgusted with the events that took place this morning. As Indians, there was no one to raise their voice, everyone sitting on their seats and enjoying the show. This is ridiculous, I wonder if this happened with their family, would they still be this calm. Serious questioning needs to be done,” Tina Dattaa concluded.