Ola suspends cab driver for harassing woman

A 23-year-old woman had a harrowing time when an Ola driver trapped her in the cab using the child lock and tried to molest her on Sunday night. The young woman showed presence of mind and was able to get out of the car unharmed. While the woman has refused to file a police complaint, Ola has suspended the cab driver.

Recounting her ordeal to The Hindu, she said that the cab driver, Rajashekhar Reddy, stopped the car at Intermediate Ring Road and suddenly she found him trying to catch her legs in the back seat. “It all happened so suddenly that I was taken aback. I twisted his arm and started screaming. When I tried to get out of the car, I realised that it was child locked. I screamed and started banging on the windows. He opened the child lock and I soon got out of the car,” she said. But her ordeal did not end there. The cab driver also followed her out of the car. She pushed him to the ground and ran away from the spot.

“I ran for over five minutes to reach the Ejipura signal where I caught an autorickshaw home. I immediately reported him on the Ola app. But the driver soon started calling me incessantly threatening me not to report the incident. So I reported the incident to Madiwala police on Monday. But as am soon leaving the city, I did not want an FIR registered,” she said.

The woman, who works in the fashion industry, took an Ola Select ride, which helps customers choose only highly rated drivers on Sunday night from Indiranagar to BTM Layout. Rajashekhar Reddy, with a high rating of 4.9 of 5, was the driver.

Ola, acting on her complaint, has now suspended Reddy. “We regret the unfortunate experience the customer had during their ride. We have zero tolerance toward such incidents and the driver has been suspended from the platform as an immediate action, upon receiving the complaint.” Ola said in a statement.

The taxi aggregator has also urged the woman to lodge a formal complaint with the authorities and they would extend their full support to the investigation against the said driver. However, the woman said she did not prefer to register a case.

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