Call centre cabs don't seem to have learnt any lessons. Almost a month after a BPO staffer was abducted and raped after her cab driver dropped her on the main road near Dhaula Kuan, Delhi Police vans, while tailing these cabs, have found that they are still not following security procedures.
On Wednesday, two women employees were dropped on the main road at Aurobindo Marg and a nearby road in Ber Sarai, between 2-2.30am, much against the Delhi Police's prescribed norms. Police said a case would be registered against them.
Two police control room (PCR) vans tailing the cabs found that the drivers had dropped the women on the main road rather than at their doorsteps.
"The women were dropped far from their house. The PCR officials noted down the cabs' registration numbers and we have written to the Crime Branch and district police to initiate action against them," said Deepak Mishra, joint commissioner of police (operations).
The officer added that this was the first such incident to come to light ever since it was made a punishable offence on December 9. On an average, PCR vans tail 40-50 cabs during late night shifts daily.
After the Dhaula Kuan gangrape case, Delhi Police had come out with strict guidelines to initiate legal action against erring cab drivers and even company officials who shirked responsibility and did not comply with the norms.
Not dropping women at their doorsteps, no security guard in the cab, women either being dropped last or picked up first, were made punishable offences under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The IPC section an imprisonment of one month or six months for the second offence. There are provisions to book the organization too. Police had also held a meeting with representatives of BPOs and apprised them of the legalities.
"We have to instill in their work culture that the safety of women is of utmost importance and we will not tolerate any negligence," said the officer.
The police has also started tailing cabs during late night shifts discreetly.
To ensure that cabs follow the rules even when there is no PCR van in sight; police had deployed men in civvies on private motorcycles to follow them.