National award winning actress from Kashmir, was on a flight to Mumbai, when a man tried to rub her neck while she was asleep.
Zaira who seemed to be having a journey like any other, initially took it as a case of bad passenger behavior when the man seated behind her put his foot on her arm rest. But then the man started rubbing her.
The 17-year-old, in an Instagram post, has said the man was rubbing his foot against her back and neck while she was half asleep. The actor posted a video on the social media platform a little after midnight in which she narrated the harrowing incident onboard the Air Vistara flight, tears rolling down her cheeks.
“So, I just landed and you know the whole irony of this is that the guy… this is not done at all. This is not the way, this is not a girl should be made to feel because this is terrible. Is this how they are doing to take care of girls? No one will help us if we don’t decide to help ourselves. This is the worst thing,” she said, voice quivering, in the Instagram live video.
The actor said she tried to click a photo of the man, but couldn’t get a clear shot due to dim lights.
“Managed to get this (shot of the molester’s foot). The lights were dimmed so it was even worse. It continued for another 5-10 minutes and then I was sure of it. He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” she posted.
“I tried to record it on my phone to understand it better. But because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it. I ignored it the first time, blamed the turbulence for it. Until I woke up to this pleasant sight of his beautiful foot rubbing my back and neck… Guess he couldn’t sit like a civilized human being and placed his foot on my arm rest while he’s fully ‘pheloaed’ his body on his seat (sic)” she added.