Errant cabbies face jail term
Cab drivers can now be sent to jail if they don't ensure the safety of women employees working late hours.delhi Updated: Dec 10, 2010 02:49 IST
Cab drivers can now be sent to jail if they don't ensure the safety of women employees working late hours.
Not just cabbies but the organisation employing the women will also be held responsible and booked for criminal negligence.
In this regard, the Delhi Police will not only be keeping an eye on call centre cabs but also other cabs ferrying employees of corporate and media houses during graveyard shifts.
A cab driver or the BPO will be held responsible if a woman employee is not dropped at her doorstep or if there is no security guard in the cab.
A woman employee cannot be seated in the rear seats (extra seats in the car boot) of vehicles.
In the Dhaula Kuan rape case, the accused saw two women in the rear seat of a Tavera and followed them, eventually abducting one of them and raping her.
The BPO will have to ensure that a woman employee should not be the first to be picked or the last one to be dropped.
At no time should a woman employee be alone with the driver.
Violating these guidelines will be punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
The order comes in the wake of the Dhaula Kuan incident when a 30-year-old BPO employee was abducted and later gangraped by five men, as the cab dropped her metres away from her home.
"Our police control room (PCR) vans will conduct surprise checks and tail the cabs to see whether they are following the norms or not," said Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi Police.
"A woman employee can also directly complain to us," Bhagat added.
Soon after the Dhaula Kuan incident, police had started tailing BPO cabs as a precautionary measure but there was no law under which they could have been booked.
Police said companies will also have to share the database of their employees and those of the cab drivers hired by them.
"The cab driver will have to wait and cannot leave unless he has got a call from the woman employee that she has reached safely," said the officer.
"If the road outside her house is not motorable, an armed security guard will accompany her till the doorstep," the officer added.