In another case of public indecency, a 58-year-old NRI was arrested at the Delhi airport on Monday after an Indian woman alleged that he masturbated while sitting next to her on board their flight from Istanbul.
The security control room at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport was informed that there was an “unruly passenger” on board a Turkish Airlines flight approaching Delhi.
As per media reports, the Russia-based businessman has been identified as Krishan Ridzhal.
“It was learnt that the male passenger, an NRI holding Russian passport, was sitting next to the woman in the flight and allegedly unzipped his trouser and started masturbating in front of her,” said a senior official.
When the woman complained to the cabin crew, the male passenger was shifted to another seat, he said.
Personnel of the CISF, which guards the airport, reached the flight (TK-716) upon landing and were informed that the Indian woman had, in the meantime, made a distress call to the Delhi Police alleging sexual harassment by a co-passenger.
The man was later handed over to the Delhi Police, which reached the Terminal-III area of the airport. He has been booked under Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC and arrested, police said. He was released on bail later in the day.
The latest incident of public indecency has again put the spotlight on women safety in India.
In December 2017, actor Zaira Wasim had alleged that she was molested by a man while she was on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai. The National Award winner had narrated her ordeal on Instagram-via-live video.
In February 2018, a Delhi University student had alleged that a man masturbated and tried to molest her in a moving bus in the national capital. She had captured the alleged act on camera.
In May 2018, an Uber cab driver in Mumbai was fired from his job after he caught masturbating before a woman passenger.
On 13 May, Kolkata Police had arrested a man who was filmed masturbating in a bus while ogling two women. The arrest happened after a Facebook post containing a video of him involved in the objectionable act went viral.