You may have heard of Ola cab drivers molesting regular women passengers, but in a new case an Ola cab driver was arrested on June 2 for allegedly misbehaving with an additional sessions judge of the Tis Hazari court.
An FIR was registered on her complaint at north Delhi’s Roop Nagar police station. On the basis of victim’s complaint, police registered the case under sections 354A (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 427 (causing damage to property) of the Indian Penal Code.
The driver, Sandeep, was arrested from Gurgaon, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) Madhur Verma.
The judge had booked the cab and asked the driver to stop at Kamla Nagar Market and wait. However, she alleged that he started shouting at her after waiting for just two minutes.
A police officer, citing the complaint, said the driver threw her bag after making obscene gestures.
In its response, Ola has said, “The said driver has been blocked from our platform with immediate effect until further investigation. We will take all the necessary actions and will extend our full support to the authorities in resolving the matter”.
Earlier in May, an Ola cab driver has been arrested in Delhi for allegedly molesting a Belgian woman. In her complaint to police, the 23-year-old woman has reportedly said that while she was traveling in a cab from Gurgaon to Delhi, the driver requested her to sit in the front seat and help him with directions claiming his GPS device was not functioning. The driver, Raj Singh, then kissed her, she has alleged.
Reports suggest that it is becoming highly uncomfortable for women to hire a cab from several app-based cab providers. They complain that they often do not get a profile picture of the driver while booking a cab. If in case they see one, it is too small to identify the driver, and sometimes the face in the picture and the driver at the wheel isn’t the same.