Indigo passenger arrested after groping woman on Mumbai to Guwahati flight

DailyBiteSep 11, 2023 | 13:21

Indigo passenger arrested after groping woman on Mumbai to Guwahati flight

An incident of sexual harassment unfolded aboard an IndiGo flight from Mumbai to Guwahati early today (September 11). A male passenger allegedly groped a female co-passenger seated beside him after the cabin lights were dimmed on the late-night flight.

According to an official statement released by IndiGo, the accused harasser was apprehended upon arrival at Guwahati's Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport.


This occurrence marks the fourth such incident involving Indian passengers within a mere span of two months.

The incident

  • The alleged incident transpired on IndiGo's flight 6E 5319, which departed from Mumbai at 9 PM on September 10 and landed in Guwahati at 12:15 AM on September 11.
  • As per the victim's account reported by the Times of India, she had lowered the armrest separating her from the accused and had drifted into sleep.
  • To her astonishment, she awoke later to find the armrest raised and her co-passenger uncomfortably close.
    Initially, she dismissed the incident as an accident.

However, her discomfort escalated when she woke up again to discover the man touching her inappropriately.

  • Suspicious, she feigned sleep to ascertain whether the actions were deliberate or not.

  • To her dismay, the man persisted with unwanted advances, even engaging in inappropriate self-touch.

  • Overwhelmed by the experience, she took action for the third time. "I was shocked at what I had just experienced. I had to do something to protect myself and ensure this man faced consequences," she added.

  • With courage, she firmly grabbed his hand, screamed for help, turned on the seat lights, and summoned assistance from the cabin crew.


Response and action

  • IndiGo promptly responded to the incident, confirming that they had turned over the alleged perpetrator to the Guwahati police.

  • An FIR (First Information Report) has also been filed, as stated in the airline's press release.

  • IndiGo has pledged full cooperation with the authorities throughout their investigation.

Last updated: September 11, 2023 | 15:41
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