Man arrested for molesting Vistara air hostess


This photograph taken on September 13, 2016, shows Phee Teik Yeoh, chief executive officer of Indian domestic airline Vistara, posing at the Vistara office in Gurgaon, some 35km southwest of New Delhi.
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This photograph taken on September 13, 2016, shows Phee Teik Yeoh, chief executive officer of Indian domestic airline Vistara, posing at the Vistara office in Gurgaon, some 35km southwest of New Delhi. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

A 62-year-old man was arrested in Delhi for reportedly touching an air hostess inappropriately while de-boarding. He also made several attempts to touch her during the flight, reports indicate.

The man made a pass at her while exiting an airplane at Delhi airport, police said on Wednesday. The incident happened on March 24 during a flight from Lucknow to Delhi and following a complaint by the air hostess, the passenger identified as Pune resident Rajeev Vasant Dani was arrested.

“The complainant told that when passengers were de-boarding the flight at Delhi airport, as per her job she was standing near the exit gate and guiding passengers when the accused touched her inappropriately,” Bhatia was quoted as saying by The Hindu. “

She said that during the flight the man had tried to touch her several times but she ignored him but at the exit gate when he again did the same, she reported the matter to senior crew members and the man was detained by security staff. He was later handed over to IGI police staff,” she said.

Dani was arrested and presented before a magistrate who granted him bail.

Vistara issued a statement regarding the incident, saying the airline does not tolerate unruly behavior that compromises the safety of its staff members.

“A member of our cabin crew operating Flight No. UK997 from Lucknow to Delhi on 24 March 2018, reported an incident of sexual harassment by a passenger. Vistara does not tolerate abusive or unruly behaviour by passengers that puts the safety of its staff and other customers at risk, or compromises their dignity,” the statement read.

“We have reported the matter to the Police and other relevant authorities. An FIR is registered and investigation is on. We are fully committed to providing our cooperation to all the authorities,” it added.