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Uber driver in Mumbai arrested for allegedly abusing woman passenger, tells her to get out of cab

The woman alleged that the cab driver abused her and told her to get out the vehicle after she refused to let him take an alternate route due to water-logging.

mumbai Updated: Jul 20, 2018 11:45 IST
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Uber condemned the driver’s behaviour, saying it violated its community guidelines.(Mint File Photo)

A 30-year-old cab driver working with ride hailing firm Uber was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a woman passenger, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place Tuesday evening in suburban Khar, police said. The driver was arrested the same day, they added.

The cab was near the Khar subway when the incident happened, police said. The woman, in her 20s, was travelling from Chembur to her residence in Khar, a senior official of the Khar police station said.

The cab driver Sadanand told the passenger that he was taking an alternate route due to water-logging in the subway, police said. When the woman refused, he abused her and asked her to get out of the cab, they added.

The woman then approached the Khar police station, after which an FIR was registered, the official said.

“Based on the complaint, we booked the driver under sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of IPC and arrested him the same day,” the official said.

Meanwhile, an Uber spokesperson said in a statement that this kind of behaviour was unacceptable to the company.

“The behaviour described is unacceptable and is in violation of our community guidelines. We have been in touch with the rider since the incident occurred. The driver has been barred from accessing the app. We stand ready to assist the law enforcement authorities in their investigation,” the company spokesperson said in a statement.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 11:21 IST