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27 Aug 2018

Bengaluru: Woman alleges Ola-driver masturbated during journey

Bengaluru: Woman alleges Ola-driver masturbated during journey

In yet another traumatic incident, a 22-year-old woman alleged the driver of an Ola cab sexually harassed her on August 23, during her journey from Yelahanka to JP Nagar in Bengaluru.

The victim has filed a complaint against the driver, identified as Devasomalia, and alleged he masturbated while watching porn.

Police authorities said the driver is absconding and is yet to be nabbed.

Here's what happened.

In context

Bengaluru: Woman alleges Ola-driver masturbated during journey
Driver tilted phone towards woman, played porn

What happened

Driver tilted phone towards woman, played porn

The woman boarded the cab (KA53 C9192) at 6:28 AM on Thursday, and said the driver constantly stared at her through the mirror.

Near Queen's Circle, he held the mobile with his left hand, in a bid to show it to her, and played porn.

When the woman asked him to stop the car, he insisted he would drop her at the destination.

Action taken

Car confiscated, but driver yet to be nabbed

Notably, a complaint was registered under IPC Section 354A (sexual harassment). The car has been confiscated, but the driver is at large.

Ola said the driver was registered but wasn't the owner of the car. "We have submitted details about him to police and will continue to cooperate," an Ola spokesperson said.

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We are shocked and disturbed, Ola says after incident

Response

We are shocked and disturbed, Ola says after incident

The taxi aggregator said it was shocked and disturbed by the incident. The driver's access to the platform has been revoked, Ola's spokesperson said.

"It is that not we are not doing anything from our side in the light of these incidents. We are trying to improve things on our backend and app support system to improve things further," he said.

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