Soon after 17-year-old actress Zaira Wasim took to social media and called out a 40-year-old man’s sexual misconduct on Air Vistara flight from New Delhi to Mumbai, the Mumbai Police launched an investigation that was followed by the arrest of the accused, named Vikas Sachdeva, a senior executive with an entertainment company in Mumbai.
Sachdeva was arrested on Sunday night after Zaira’s complaint on Instagram gathered attention. As of now, Sachdeva’s wife has come to her husband’s defence alleging that her husband was only trying to sleep. Instead, she accused Zaira of not complaining initially and wants justice for her husband.
My husband is innocent, had no intention to molest. There was a young death in family,which is where he went , hadn’t slept for 24 hours. He asked crew to not disturb & wanted to sleep. His foot was on arm rest but not with intention to harass: Wife of accused in #ZairaWasim case pic.twitter.com/UA7WokkJfe
— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2017
Sachdeva’s wife said there had been a tragedy in the family and due to this, her husband had not slept for 24 hours. She highlighted that his foot was on the armrest but it was not meant to harass her, and even if it did, Zaira made no immediate reactions. She further wants justice as her husband is a ‘family man’ and can never do such a thing, she reasoned.
Zaira’s complaint, where she broke down while narrating her ordeal, has generated a wave of response. Several celebrities have come to her aid.
Whn wil girls in our country b actually safe inspite of all the women empowerment talks? Wht happened with #ZairaWasim is simply PATHETIC !
— Zareen Khan (@zareen_khan) December 10, 2017
Don’t bother reading social media replies to the News about what happened with #ZairaWasim . Publicity stunt, why not calling Police etc etc As usual, pure heartless Garbage. And people wonder why women don’t speak up more often.
— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) December 10, 2017
Absolutely shameful and intolerable. We are now at that point where a 17 year old child has to remind us what is right and what is wrong. Im so sorry that adults around u let u down #ZairaWasim But u keep up the good fight. SO many ppl with u! #StayStrong https://t.co/w6zFI6Rj4J
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 10, 2017
There have also been a lot of people who chose to blame Zaira and accuse her of being an attention seeker.
I have one simple question to ask?
Why didn’t #ZairaWasim Express her Displeasure to the accused & ask him to back off even Once? We women do this all the time in Trains, Buses etc.A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Even my 4 year old niece will do it. Is Zaira also a Dumb Bimbo like most #Bollywood stars are?
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) December 11, 2017
So other side of story seems more convincing!#ZairaWasim molestation case turned out to be a mere publicity stunt! Also it could be an attempt to demonise Bharat as the worst country for women for Zaira’s pakistan loving brave mom! Killing two birds with one stone??
— Manisha Kadyan (@manisha_kadyan) December 11, 2017
I guess #ZairaWasim mother who was brave enough to host Paki flag was in flight and still Daughter get molested and she did nothing?
The whole drama seems a publicity stunt@airvistara
— #GauravPradhan ?? (@DrGPradhan) December 10, 2017