Ola driver locks up Bengaluru woman in cab, misbehaves

A woman was allegedly molested by a driver attached to cab aggregator Ola en route for her residence here recently.

As per her complaint to the Ola Cabs safety team, the driver, Rajashekar Reddy, misbehaved with her on Outer Ring Road and held her "hostage" for quite sometime by locking the vehicle doors, during the ride from Indiranagar on Sunday night. "We have zero tolerance for such incidents", an Ola spokesperson said in a statement to IANS.

"We have also urged the customer to lodge a formal complaint with the authorities".

"The police had also called up the driver and warned him from calling and threatening me".

The 23-year-old woman who works as a fashion stylist had hailed an Ola cab to travel from Indiranagar to BTM Layout at 10.30 pm on Sunday, December 3rd. He then tried to touch the woman inappropriately by reaching back from the front seat.

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"I have informed the police inspector of my area but I have not lodged a formal complaint", she said. "I started banging the door, cab-window and cried for help after which he let me go". She immediately fled the spot and escaped towards a nearby traffic signal.

"I reported the incident to Ola on Sunday night itself but even on Monday, when the police asked, they had not taken any action. He was rated 4.9 on the app", the woman said.

Speaking on the incident with IBT Times, Ola spokesperson said: "We regret the unfortunate experience the customer had during their ride. What is the company doing to ensure women who use the service are safe?" she was quoted saying in an NDTV report.

Now is the high time the firm owners take stringent actions against the perpetrators since this issue has now become a cause of concern and safety of passengers.

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