A 58-year-old Chartered Accountant has been arrested for allegedly molesting an Air India airhostess on board a flight from Delhi to Amritsar on Thursday night.
The airhostess lodged a formal police complaint on landing in Amritsar.
According to the police, Natrajan Bhavani Shankar, who holds a senior managerial post in a power project firm in Punjab’s Tarn Taran, asked the airhostess to serve him something to eat 30 minutes after take-off.
The incident took place on board a Delhi-Amritsar flight on Thursday
She reportedly told him to wait for two minutes as she was serving food and drinks to other passengers.
At this, the accused reportedly held her hand and tried to stop her.
Other passengers had to intervene to stop any further harassment of the crew member. Police said the medical report of the accused found no trace of alcohol in his blood.
“When Shankar molested the victim, other passengers intervened and later the flight commander was informed about the matter.
"The flight commander informed the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) which informed the CISF at the Amritsar airport.
"Around 11 pm, after the flight landed at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, CISF officials and the local police arrested the accused,” an airport official said.
“Initially, the accused refused to accept that he had molested the airhostess but later he confessed to the crime and the police registered a case under IPC Section 354 (assault or criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage the victim’s modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and arrested him,” the official said.
According to a senior Air India official, after the incident, the airhostess wrote to her base office, requesting a change in her duty hours.
In another case of crime against a woman, the Delhi police arrested a 34-year-old senior official working in the cargo terminal of the Delhi airport on Tuesday.
He is accused of thrashing and molesting a woman for not accepting his friend request on a social media platform.
The police said the woman, in her complaint, said the accused used to call her during night hours.
She told the police that after she didn’t accept his friend request on Facebook, the accused followed her after office hours and asked her the reason for not accepting his friend request.
After a verbal spat, the accused thrashed the victim and molested her.
She later called the police and got the accused arrested.