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Police investigates harassment on Maldivian aircraft

Shahudha Mohamed
16 June 2019, MVT 11:21
A screengrab of one of the videos posted by the victim of her harasser on the Maldivian flight. PHOTO: Facebook
Shahudha Mohamed
16 June 2019, MVT 11:21

Maldives Police Service are investigating a case of sexual harassment on an aircraft of Maldivian, the national carrier of Maldives, en route from Addu to Male'.

Police did not reveal any further details about the case.

The victim posted several videos of the harassment on social media, which show a man of Indian nationality seated in front of her making sexual gestures though the space between the seat and the airplane window.

Moreover, according to the victim, he took out a brassier from his luggage and showed it to her in addition to displaying inappropriate pictures on his phone. The woman claimed he kept up the harassment throughout the duration of the flight.

She brought the issue to the attention of the crew as soon as the flight landed in Velana International Airport (VIA) and afterwards, reported the case to the police.

The man in the video is reportedly a lecturer at Maldives National University, as per the victim's post on social media. However, the university has yet to confirm the claim.

Meanwhile, last week a middle-aged man was arrested for harassing a woman on the street in Male' City. The court has remanded him until the conclusion of his trial.

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