Mumbai woman jumps out of Ola cab after ‘driver unzips pant’, case registered

This is not the first time that an Ola driver has been accused of sexual harassment.

mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2017 16:13 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
The Ola app displayed on a smartphone screen. Police in Mumbai have registered a case against an Ola cab driver for purportedly outraging modesty of a woman.(Mint photo/File)

A 30-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad has accused the driver of app-based cab service provider Ola of flashing in Mumbai on Monday, police said on Wednesday.

Officials said the woman, who was in the city for an interview, booked a shared Ola cab from Andheri to Parel and there were other passengers in the vehicle when she got in. But when the cab reached SK Bole Marg at Shivaji Park, she was alone in the vehicle, the woman said in her complaint.

The woman said she was busy on her phone when she suddenly noticed the cab had stopped and then allegedly saw the driver opening the zip of his pant and flashing.

“Shocked, the woman immediately got off the taxi and ran as far as she could. The woman then asked a passerby the address of the nearest police station and went to the Shivaji Park police station,” said Rajiv Jain, deputy commissioner of police (zone V).

Jain said the police have registered an offence under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code against the driver for purportedly outraging the modesty of the woman. He said efforts are on to trace the culprit.

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“We have identified the driver with the help of the registration number and his mobile number that the woman had when she booked the taxi. We will arrest him soon,” Jain said.

When contacted, an Ola spokesperson refused to comment on the issue.

In May, a woman in Bengaluru accused an Ola driver of molesting her when she was heading home from work around 2.30am. The woman, who is a professional singer, alleged the cabbie veered off the route shown on his Ola-approved mobile phone map after driving for a while and stopped at a deserted spot. The driver then turned around and groped her, the woman said in her complaint filed.

In the same month, Mumbai Police arrested an Ola driver for allegedly kidnapping and molesting a 32-year-old woman in his car in Mumbai’s Sewri area. The driver reportedly wanted her to be his friend.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 09:32 IST