It happened again. This time in Bengaluru, when an Ola driver allegedly abducted a woman passenger in his cab, molested and took pictures of her in the car.
The incident took place in the early hours of June 1 when a 26-year-old city-based architect left her home JB Nagar to catch an early morning flight to Mumbai.
The victim has complained that on a route to the airport, the Ola driver V Arun(28) took a detour and took the cab on a secluded area where he allegedly held her hostage, threatened to gangrape, molested, stripped and clicked her pictures.
And after much begging on her part, he dropped her off at the airport.
The victim reached the airport and took the flight to Mumbai. After reaching Mumbai, she mailed her complaint to the city police commissioner of Bengaluru. The complaint was then transferred to the jurisdictional JB Nagar police station for further action. However, the incident came to light today.
Post the complaint, the driver has been arrested and the cab has been seized.
In an e-mail reply to Entrackr, Ola Spokesperson said, “We regret the unfortunate experience the customer had during the ride. We have zero tolerance for such incidents and the driver has been blacklisted from the platform as an immediate action upon receiving the complaint. Safety of customers is our top priority and we are extending our full support to the police authorities in their investigation.”
This is not the first time when such incident has been reported in Bengaluru. In December last year, an Ola driver allegedly harassed a 23-year-old fashion stylist travelling in his cab in the city.
The cab aggregators have time and again failed to ensure the safety of its passengers.
In 2014, the country went into a shock after a rape incident committed by an Uber driver raped.
Later, the victim sued the company, its former CEO Travis Kalanick and former executives, Eric Alexander and Emil Michael, after they reportedly met Delhi Police and accessed her medical files after the rape. Both of them were fired following the incident.
The development was first reported by BangaloreMirror.