angana Ranaut reacts to minor actor molestation case: Why are we judging & trolling her? – A minor Bollywood actress was molested on board a Delhi-Mumbai flight. The young actress took posted a series of Instagram stories alleged that a man sitting behind her had kept his foot on her arm-rest. “He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” the actor said in her post on social media as soon as she got off her flight on Saturday night. While the accused apologised for his behaviour, his wife called it a publicity stunt.
Now Queen of Bollywood Kangana Ranaut has spoken about the unfortunate incident.
According Indian Express report, Kangana expressed her disappointment at the backlash the actor is getting. At the book launch of Shobha De’s ’70 and to hell with it’, Miss Ranaut said, “I want to bring to your notice this young girl, who has spoken about this harassment that she faced in a flight. But look at the backlash she is getting. It is so upsetting. I mean there are witnesses, who are claiming that the innocent man just happened to put his foot on the arm-rest and that’s the only crime that the person committed. If anyone is going to put foot on my arm-rest, it’s open to interpretation, that if this is emotional or sexual harassment or personal because you are in my intimate space and I will interpret it. Your fellow passengers can’t tell me that his innocent leg was resting.”
Tanu Weds Manu actor even praised her courage to share her tale of harassment. She said, “A young girl decides to step up and say that she has been harassed, there are so many things like your own parents, people who wish you well and your management companies, they tend to tell you, ‘Don’t associate yourself with something dark. You are the girl, who wants this brand, that brand, who wants this and that film.’ For that young girl to go against all of that and speak up. Now, I am not in that position so I don’t know what kind of harassment it was. But everyone agrees on one thing that the foot was on her arm-rest. This is wrong. It is very wrong. Why are we judging and trolling her? In this kind of environment, which is so frightening, who will speak up?”
Kangana even went on to say that if I had been in her position I would have broken his leg, “Most people saying that he was just keeping his foot on the armrest, taking an innocent nap. For me, it is highly offensive. I would have broken his leg. So, I think it is arguable. I am not dissecting or jumping to the conclusion and no one should play judge whether it is me or media or social media.”
Meanwhile, a sessions court here on Wednesday remanded the 39-year-old man, arrested for allegedly molesting a minor Bollywood actress on-board a Delhi-Mumbai flight, in judicial custody till December 22. The accused was arrested on December 10 and was presented before the court next day which sent him to police custody. He also filed a bail application before the Dindoshi sessions court which will hear the plea on December 15. He has been booked under section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since the actor is a minor.