An Ola cab driver has been arrested for molesting and stalking a 30-year-old woman for several days after she hired the cab on Saturday. This is the second such incident this week involving the same cab service. It has raised concerns over the security aspect and the vetting of the drivers who work for the company.
“The driver and the operator have been suspended from the platform until further investigation. Ola will continue to offer all support and information as required, by the authorities. We have zero tolerance for such behaviour from driver partners on the platform,” a representative of the Ola Cabs told HT.
The woman, who works in a private company, had hired the cab from Powai on Saturday to her house at Goregaon (East). In her complaint , the woman stated that during the ride the driver kept looking at her through the rear-view mirror.
The driver has been identified as Pradeep Tiwari, 50.
The police said Tiwari kept whistling while looking at the woman in the cab. Tiwari also indulged in hurling abuses at other motorists who overtook his car.
During the ride, the woman noticed he is taking her via a longer route from Aarey dairy. When she asked him why, he misbehaved with her, the police said.
His behaviour worsened when the woman reached her destination. When she told him to behave himself while there is a passenger in the cab, he got into an argument with her and verbally abused her.
“He marched behind her into the building lobby towards the elevator where he hurled abuses at her and made lewd gestures at her. The woman got into the elevator and left. However, Tiwari then began calling her and started harassing her over the phone,” said an officer from Dindoshi police station.
At first, the woman ignored him and then blocked his number. Tiwari then used another number and called her again for a couple of days, the police said. Realising that Tiwari will not cease his activities, she decided to approach the police and registered a complaint against him.
"We have registered a case against the driver and he was arrested on Monday evening after he was traced. We are checking if he has any similar cases against him," said Girish Anavkar, inspector at Dindoshi police station.
Tiwari was produced before the metropolitan court on Tuesday, where he was released on bail. Tiwari was booked under section 354 (D) of Indian Penal Code which is bailable in nature, said an officer.
The police said the cab agencies should take due precaution while hiring drivers and also advise them to follow etiquette while driving.