TV actress Tina Dutta who is best remembered as Ichcha from Color's show Uttaran had a horrifying experience on a flight enroute to Rajkot on December 9. She said that she was sexually harassed by a co passenger who tried to touch her inappropriately. When she asked for the help from staff they just changed the seat of the passenger and cited that such cases keep happening.
She took to her Facebook page and shared her experience:
I boarded my flight 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 apologised. I called for the air hostess Ms. Pooja & 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 mans 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 take off they are not responsible for anything that happens post take off they would take responsibility , my question being had 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. Is there no safety measures for your passengers?? Is this how you are treated and I get to hear all sorts of excuses how the matter is not on their (captain) jurisdiction and nothing can be done and apparently this is very common in flights (according to the air hostess). Finally after much arguments I had no say as no one came forth for my help.
Second incident on the same flight, while I was having my meal the passenger in front of me seated 29A reclined their seats and was not willing to budge this created difficulties for me to eat. Air hostess Diana intervened in this and requested the man to upright his seat, this man was so rude to her started yelling at her she even warned him that she would call cops on landing but it did not seem to affect him at all. All the captain had to say was this does not come under our protocol.
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 mans 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. Truly 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...
This is shocking!