Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Bengaluru Ola cab driver harasses and molests woman passenger

Bengaluru Ola cab driver harasses and molests woman passenger

An Ola cab driver allegedly harassed a 23-year-old woman after trapping her in the vehicle using child lock on Sunday night in Bengaluru.

The women made a complaint to the Ola Cabs safety team, according to which the driver, Rajashekar Reddy, on Sunday night misbehaved with her on Outer Ring Road and held her "hostage" for quite a while by locking the auto doors.

Ola spokesperson said, "We regret the unfortunate experience the customer had during their ride".

The incident took place around 10:30 pm on Sunday on the Ring Road in south east Bengaluru. It was when the vehicle reached the Intermediate Ring Road that the driver allegedly attempted to sexually assault her, while she was in the backseat of the auto.

In October SC had said app-based transport service providers like Uber Ola red Bus needed to be regulated
In October SC had said app-based transport service providers like Uber Ola red Bus needed to be regulated

The driver reportedly kept calling her until she blocked her number.

She went to the police but decided not to file a complaint as the driver had been warned. "I have informed the police inspector of my area but I have not lodged a formal complaint", she said. However, the woman started banging the windows and created a commotion after which he let her out.

Ola said in a statement on Wednesday that it had zero tolerance to such incidents and the driver had been suspended on receiving the complaint. She then ran away from the spot till she reached the Ejipura traffic signal, about 500 metres away. Though the woman had complained to Ola via customer care, after which action was taken too, Ola representatives claimed they did not have any record of the complaint. No complaint, however, has been filed by the woman. Safety of customers is our priority and we will continue to extend our full support to this investigation against the said driver, "the Ola spokesperson added".

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