PUNE: A Uber driver has been arrested by the Pune city police for allegedly outraging the modesty of a woman while pushing her out of the cab, as she had argued with him for coming late. After the incident, Uber removed his access from their app.
Based on a complaint from the 20-year-old woman from Anand Nagar, Sinhagad Road, the Vishrambaug police have arrested the driver. The incident took place opposite Shaniwarwada around 3.30 pm on Friday.
According to the police, the woman had come along with her brother-in-law to meet his mother in Budhwar Peth near a prominent media house office behind Shaniwarwada. After lunch, she booked a cab using the Uber app around 3 pm for going to her house on Sinhagad Road.
“I received a call from the driver who asked me about the location and I told him the same but he came half an hour later. After me and my brother-in-law sat in the car, when I asked him why it took so much time, he told bluntly that he was not interested the in the pickup. I told him that he should have cancelled the trip or told me and there was no reason to waste our time. He started talking rudely and I told him to mind his words. He stopped the cab opposite Shaniwarwada and said that just looking at me, he knows what kind woman I am and used abusive language. When my brother-in-law intervened, the driver came out of the cab and pulled him out and pushed him away. Then he dragged me out and molested me by touching inappropriately. After both of us were out, he abused and then sped away in the cab yelling that I am free to lodge a complaint wherever I want, as nobody can do anything to him,” the woman stated in her complaint.
An Uber spokesperson told Sakal Times, “What has been described in the incident is unacceptable. The driver partner’s access has been removed from the app.”
The police registered a case against the driver for an offence under section 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) under the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, Uber officials said that their community guidelines clearly reject any inappropriate and disrespectful behaviour towards the passengers. The passengers can use the emergency button in such scenarios as this helps them in connecting with the local law enforcement authorities, who are best placed to take action and file an FIR to ensure appropriate action.