A man is said to have urinated on a female passenger sitting next to him on an Air India flight in November. He later apologized and asked the woman not to file a complaint, claiming he didn’t want his wife and child to suffer as a result. After receiving a complaint from Air India, Delhi police filed a first information report (FIR) against the suspect on Wednesday.
The woman said she was “stunned” when the offender was brought before her and began crying.
On November 27, the day after the incident on the New York-Delhi flight, the woman wrote to Air India group chairman N Chandrasekharan. However, the FIR (First Information Report) against the offender, Mumbai businessman Shankar Mishra, reveals that Air India filed a police complaint only on January 4 at 12 noon.
Air India stated that it did not go to the police all this time because the woman had withdrawn her arrest warrant.
Shankar Mishra, who has gone missing, is being sought by police. An airport alert has been issued in his honor. He allegedly unzipped his shirt and urinated on the woman on November 26. He stood there, exposing himself until another passenger motioned for him to return to his seat.
The woman detailed her “appalling experience” in a letter to Air India that was included in the FIR.
When she complained to the flight crew about her urine-soaked seat, clothes, bag, and shoes, she said they “refused to touch them,” sprayed her bag and shoes with disinfectant, and gave her a set of pajamas and socks. When she asked for a seat change, she was told there were none available, despite the fact that another passenger said there were.
“The flight crew informed me that the pilot had refused to give me a seat in first class,” she explained.
The woman also claims that even though she immediately demanded Shankar Mishra’s arrest upon landing, the crew told her he wanted to apologize and brought him to her.
“I stated clearly that I did not want to interact with him or see his face, and that all I wanted was for him to be arrested on arrival. However, the offender was brought before me against my wishes, and we were forced to sit opposite each other in the crew seats. I was taken aback when he began crying and apologizing profusely to me, pleading with me not to file a complaint against him because he is a family man who does not want his wife and child to be affected by this incident. In my already confused state, being forced to confront and negotiate with the perpetrator of the horrific incident at close quarters added to my confusion. “I told him his actions were heinous, but in the face of his pleading and begging in front of me, as well as my own shock and trauma, I found it difficult to demand his arrest or press charges against him,” the woman wrote.
The airline also gave Shankar Mishra her phone number in order for him to pay for her shoes and dry cleaning, which she refused because she did not want his money.
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She claimed in her letter that the Air India crew was “deeply unprofessional,” failed to protect passengers’ safety and dignity, lacked good judgment in determining how much alcohol to serve a passenger, and was not proactive in dealing with a sensitive and traumatic situation.