Shankar Mishra, the man accused of urinating on an elderly woman co-passenger on an Air India flight, on Friday denied the charge against him in a Delhi court, saying that the complainant urinated on herself.
Delhi Police registered an FIR against Mishra on January 4 on a complaint given by the woman to Air India. According to the FIR, shortly after lunch was served and the lights were switched off onboard the New York-Delhi AI 102 flight on November 26, 2022, the inebriated male passenger seated in business class seat 8A walked to the elderly woman’s seat, unzipped his pants and urinated on her.
The case has been filed under sections 294 (obscene act in public place), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as under Aircraft Rules.
Since then, the case has witnessed a series of allegations and counter-allegations.
Mishra’s latest bizarre claim came in a Delhi court on Friday.
“She (the complainant) urinated herself. She suffers from a problem that most Kathak dancers have. When she realised what happened, she didn’t know what happened,” his lawyer said.
The stunning claim came in response to a notice by the sessions court on an application by the Delhi Police requesting custody for questioning him. He had been sent to 14-day judicial remand on Saturday by a court that turned down the police’s request for custody.
Calling the statement “stupid and ridiculous”, Kathak dancer Shovana Narayan, in a conversation with News18, questioned how the woman could have urinated on herself.
“A person peeing has