The FIR was filed on Wednesday on the complaint of the woman which she had earlier submitted to the airline. Cops claimed they were informed about the incident in brief on December 28 by the airline, after which they had contacted the victim and the airline seeking details of the passenger and a complaint.
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Police said they will also initiate action against the airline for not informing them or any other security official after landing.
The accused passenger has been booked under IPC sections for outraging the modesty of a woman, misconduct by a drunken person, obscene act in public place as well as Aircraft Rules. The case was registered on the basis of the complaint which the 70-year old woman had filed.
In its communication with police, the airline had not given many details required for legal action, cops claimed. The information sent only mentioned the names of two passengers and stated that an incident had “allegedly” occurred on their flight.
The cops spoke to the aggrieved woman, who informed them that she had on November 27 already written a detailed complaint to the airlines. On January 4, Air India shared the detailed complaint of the woman based on which a case was registered.
Ravi Kumar Singh, deputy commissioner of police, IGI Airport, said, “Based on the woman’s complaint, a case under Section 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman), 294 (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place), 354 (intending to outrage modesty) of the Indian Penal Code as well as 23 Aircraft Rules Act (sic) has been registered. Efforts are being made to nab the accused.”
Police officials have also received details about the crew members who were on board the flight, cops will also question them to ascertain the sequence of events. As per information available, the man, who is in his 50s, was heavily drunk and got up to go to the bathroom. Since he was not in his senses, he did not realise that it was a passenger’s seat and not the bathroom and continued to relieve himself.
The woman was disappointed with the response of the crew and wrote a letter to Tata Group chairman N Chandrasekaran. “Shortly after lunch was served and the lights were switched off, another passenger walked to my seat, completely inebriated. He unzipped his pants, relieved himself and continued to expose me to his private parts,” said the letter.
After urinating, the man continued to stand there, exposing himself, and moved only after one of her co-passengers asked him to leave. When he walked away, the woman immediately notified a cabin crew member. “My clothes, shoes and bag were completely soaked in urine. The stewardess followed me to the seat, verified that it smelled of urine, and sprayed disinfectant on my bag and shoes…” the letter said.