Uber in spotlight again as woman accuses driver of molestation

Licensed driver kisses passenger’s hand then pulls her over as friends watch.

Written by Sumegha Gulati , Sandali Tiwari | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2015 10:09 am

uber, uber cab rape, uber rape, rape in uber, delhi rape, gurgaon rape, rape in gurgaonSix months after a rape in a Uber taxi that left the city in shock, another driver from the same service has been accused of molesting a woman. The driver reportedly has a valid public service vehicle badge and commercial licence issued in Delhi.

The Gurgaon police on Monday evening received a complaint from the woman over an email, narrating the incident. “In the complaint, the woman has alleged that she took an Uber cab from Pacific Mall in Delhi to Suncity in Gurgaon during which the incident took place”, said Rajesh Kumar, ACP (crime).

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The harassed woman further alleged that after she got off the cab around 10.40 pm, the accused driver forcibly kissed her hand, Kumar said. An FIR has been lodged at Sector 56 police station.

The accused driver has been identified as Vinod, aged between 40 and 45. He is a resident of Delhi and lives there with his wife and daughter.

According to police, the woman had gone to meet her friends in C-block of Suncity. Her friends are said to have witnessed the incident.

Police said when the car reached the destination, the driver too got off the cab and expressed his desire to shake hands with the woman passenger.

“He wanted to shake hands with her and she offered her hand. He shook it and kissed it as well. However, when she tried to withdraw and pick up her bag, he tried to pull her towards him,” an official said.

 

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Navdeep Singh Virk, commissioner of police for Gurgaon said, “Gurgaon police received a complaint regarding the Uber cab incident over email at 8.27 pm on Monday. An investigation is being promptly carried out. Uber officials have been requested for the relevant information, which they have supplied.”

The incident first came to light when the woman’s brother uploaded a snapshot of Uber’s response on the company’s official pages on social media sites Facebook and Twitter, after she lodged an official complaint with Uber.

Her brother later uploaded photos of Uber’s response on social media sites Facebook and Twitter. Uber official Anisul Haque apologised to the complainant for her discomfort and assured a “zero tolerance policy” towards the driver’s alleged behaviour. He also assured the woman that the Uber team was “following up with Vinod appropriately and immediately”.

In a series of angry comments that followed Uber’s response, the complainant’s brother said “no action” has been taken. “No update from your end. You still don’t have any (safety) mechanism in place. What is making you people wait for so long? (sic)”. The complainant’s brother also claimed that a case has been registered with the police in the matter.

Confirming the incident in an email response, Uber general manager Gagan Bhatia said the accused driver’s services had been deactivated till investigations in the case were on. “Our team reached out to the rider via phone within a few minutes of receiving the feedback. Many members of the Uber team have spoken with the driver. Immediate action has already been taken with the driver-partner’s service deactivated while the matter is being investigated.”

He said that his company has confirmed that the driver does have a valid PSV badge and commercial licence issued by the Delhi authorities.

 

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