An Uber cabbie molested an HT journalist on Wednesday evening. She had booked the cab to go to a friend’s place in Noida Sector 15 from Gautam Nagar in Delhi.
The driver has been arrested.
“I booked the cab at about 7.15 pm on Wednesday. I was following the google map to reach my destination. When the cab reached near Sector 15, I requested the cab driver to ask someone about the address,” the HT employee said.
However, the driver of the cab did not listen to her and kept driving. He also refused to take a U-turn towards Sector 15 and continued driving, claiming that there is no space to negotiate a turn, she said.
“As he refused to ask the address, I told him to stop near some auto-rickshaws. But he did not stop. When I shouted at him, he stretched his left hand to touch me. Since the cab was running slow, I jumped out of the car. I asked him to take money and give me a complaint number,” she said.
The driver did not provide any complaint number and said he cannot leave her without completing the journey, she said.
“Sensing his advances, I called the police and some of my friends. The police van took about half an hour to reach the spot. First, the officials tried to hush up the case. But when I revealed my identity, they immediately lodged an FIR,” she said.
Assistant superintendent of police (circle officer 1), Vijay Dhull, said, “The accused was identified as Ravinder. Following a complaint from the victim, a case was registered under Section 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with an intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC. The accused was arrested and sent to jail. There was no delay in the process. If the victim complaints about any delay, I will order an enquiry.”
The reporter said when she called the customer care of Uber, the executive tried to convince her not to file any police case.
“Safety, especially for (of) women, is a priority for Uber. We take all reports of such incidents incredibly (very) seriously. We immediately suspended the driver after the incident was reported. We are in touch with the rider and will fully support the authorities in their investigation,” said an Uber spokesperson.