Midnight Flight

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It is a story of three airline passengers travelling from Mumbai to Dabolim (Goa). They were seated in the three seat row. Window seat was occupied by a young lady, next to her was also young lady and the last seat was allotted to young man. All these passengers are unknown. After take off, they start conversation. Their talk continued for sometime. In the middle of the journey, middle seat young lady went to rest room. After return, she asked the young man to move middle seat. The seating arrangement changed. When the two ladies were napping, the young man hold the hand of window seat lady firmly. Observing this, she became angry and lodged complaint to the Goa police and took photos from her mobile camera. She also sent video to YouTube. It became viral. At the Dabolim airport, the police arrested the young man.
He was kept in the police lockup for sometime.

Submitted: January 20, 2017

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Submitted: January 20, 2017



Rishaan was deeply moved on three occasions in his life. The first was when he was felicitated by the college for securing highest marks in the Bachelor of Science Examination followed by the topper in the Master of Business Administration. The second occasion was heading the top business enterprise. The third occasion was his first flight journey from Mumbai to Goa. It was his most exciting experience and turning point in his life. 
He was travelling form Mumbai to Goa by air. He boarded the aeroplane in the night. The noise of the machine was quite strange for him.  Soon the plane took off and rose in the air higher and higher speed, the buzzing sound had fascinated him. The things below looked so tiny and most attractive. When he got in the plane security staff reviewed the plane safety precautions. For couple of minutes, Rishaan was preoccupied with reading safety brochure. As soon as he received head phones and tried every channel to hear the melodious film songs. Airhostess announced over mike to watch television screen and her actions to know how to tight the seat belt and other safety measures in the event of any eventuality. The plane flew very fast rushing through the air without a bump or a jolt. Just after few minutes the plane began to swing from side to side and the pilot was experiencing little trouble in controlling it. But he managed to overcome the danger. Rishaan felt happy like a bird swigging in the air. Some of the passengers were feeling sick and uneasiness. Some slept in their seats but Rishaan was unmoved and observing everything with great attention. He took the pleasure in looking at the natures beautiful sceneries like waterfalls, forest, wild animals, mountains and rivers on the television screen. He was allotted seat number 345 containing three seats in the row. His seat was in the last. Seat number 343 and 344 were occupied by two young women. Before the plane took off an incident happened. The lady, who was on the seat number 343, was nervous. Rishaan observed her pitiable condition.
“Madam, are you upset? Do you want any help from me?
“Sir, I have lost my precious mobile. All the important data, contact numbers and confidential messages are stored in it.”
Rishaan got up from his seat and tried to search her mobile. It took about five minutes for Rishaan to search. He asked her contact number. He gave call to the number. Mobile was ringing beneath her seat.He asked her to get up from her seat and she come to the passage.
“Madam, here is your mobile. It was stuck up in your seat.”
She expressed thanks for his efforts.
Some time, people forget to use simple tricks in the tension.
Rishaan took the initiative to commence the conversation.
“I am Rishaan. May I know your names?”
“I am Divya.
“I am Kiara.”
After sometime their intimacy developed.
“If you don’t feel otherwise, may I ask you the purpose of your visit to Goa? Asked Rishaan
“I am visiting Goa for continuation of my post gradute studies in Marine Science.” Said Divya
“I am visiting Goa to attend my company’s executive meeting.” Said Kiara
She continued, “Rishaan, you have asked our purpose of visit. What about you?”
“I am a businessman getting a big order from a client.”
"What kind of business you are doing?" asked Kiara
"Madam, I am doing import and export business. May I ask both of you about your friendship. I want to know whether you have become friends only in the flight."
"Rishaan, we are childhood friends. This journey is only coincidence and surprise for us. We are meeting here after a long gap of five years."
"Very good!I don't think, I am disturbing you."
"No sir, we are co-travellers. This is an opportunity to express our inner feelings to overcome our boredom."
"Thank you."
Their conversation continued for about ten minutes. By the time, the flight moved from the ground towards the sky, it was 12 a.m. It was too late in the night and everybody tried to take nap by pulling the seats.
In the middle of the flight, Kiara woke up to go to the restroom. When she returned, she was too lazy to push her way into the middle seat. And with Rishaan readily offering to shift seats, the seating arrangement changed. With 20 minutes still remaining for the flight to land, a sleep starved Kiara took another power nap, this time holding Rishaan's right hand more firmly. Rishaan's other hand, though, nervously moved to touch Diya's. Her heart was beating very fast.  Diya pulled her hand away. But a defiant Rishaan held her wrist again, this time firmly and more reassuringly. The changing behavioural dynamics between the three perhaps gave out a foreboding of what was to come in Goa.
When the flight landed at the Dabolim Airport, Rishaan felt uncanny...his excitement seemed replaced by an unknown fear that he found very difficult to decipher.
Twenty five year old Rishaan a Mumbai businessman was landed in trouble at the Dabolium airport. He misbehaved with Divya a woman co-passanger on board in Mumbai-Goa flight went viral on social networking on the same day early morning. His guilty consciousness was making him too weak to face the situation. Mumbai girl Divya,  who got admission for the post graduate studies in Marine Science  in the Goa University lodged complaint with Goa police that she was the victim of misbehavior. This was posted on You Tube also at the same time. In the video, Rishaan had covered his face with napkin. He was also apologising with folded hands. His request didn't impact the public sympathy. He was trying to cover his mistake on the plea that it was done not with bad intention. Divya took the shot in her mobile camera the picture of his holding her wrist firmly and not allowing freeing her wrist. At the first instance, he touched her hand. She pulled her hand. She warned him not to touch her. Other passanger, who was observing keenly also took snaps in his mobile camera.Another followup video was shot by a lady passanger.
Rishaan was standing at the baggage claiming area. He was questioned and repraminded by Divya and other co-passangers. This was also shot at the camera. Rishaan was arrested by the Goa police at the airport. Further enquiry was conducted at the police station. Investigation was conducted under the senior police officer. A criminal case was registered against him under various sections of IPC. This was an assault or criminal force with intent outrage modesty and an act intended to insult modesty of a woman. Rishaan appointed a lawyer for his defence.He told the police that everybody commits mistakes in life and admitted that it was a big mistake unpardonable. All the videos shot went viral.Social media praise the brave woman Divya for her courage. She went to the police station to register a criminal case against him.
Why Divya took took such harsh decision to punish Rishaan, though he was known to her couple of hours back. She was unhappy with him because of his misbehavior. Divya was very much known for her boldness. She never tolerate rude behavior of the men on women. Another woman passanger Kiara was a silent spectator to this episode. She was also not happy with Rishaan for his misbehavior. She appreciated Divya for her bold action. Rishaan was lodged in the police lockup for a day. His lawywer managed to get bail for the client. The case went on in the court for one year. Divya and Kiaara went to their respective places. They never met Rishaan.
The episode was appeared in the local news paper on the front page with photographs. Women organisations praised the boldness of Divya.

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