In a bizarre case of sexual harassment, a driver working with app-based taxi aggregators such as Uber, has been arrested for having masturbated in front of a female passenger on Sunday, 15 April, in Delhi.
The alleged incident took place around 10.30 am. According to a complaint filed by the passenger with Uber, the cab was waiting at a traffic signal when the driver allegedly unzipped, exposed himself to her and began to masturbate. The cab aggregator later announced that the driver has been terminated from service.
The woman alleged that as she got out of the car, the driver began to abuse her for attempting to leave without paying the fare. The complaint stated that the woman paid the driver more money than what was due to get away. The driver then allegedly drove away.
“I immediately got out of the car and asked him to stop the fare meter immediately. He also came out of the car abusing, and asking me what happened… To which I said: ‘don’t you know what happened’ or ‘do you want me to scream and let everyone know what you did’,” she said in a social media post which went viral.
The woman added that she paid the driver more than the actual fare and did not wait for the change – as she felt the accused could be dangerous. The woman then went to the MIDC Police Station at Andheri and lodged her complaint.
The accused Uber driver has been identified as Shokeen Khan. He was arrested after the woman raised an alarm at a barricade on Janpath. The driver tried to flee but was arrested by the police officers. He was taken into one-day police custody and produced before a court on Tuesday. Then again he was sent to judicial custody,” said Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi.
“What’s been described has no place on our App. Our community guidelines clearly reject such inappropriate behaviour. Upon learning about the incident, we immediately removed the driver partner’s access to the app,” an Uber spokesperson said on Friday evening.
The spokesperson said that the driver’s past record was clean, with no previous complaints of any kind against him.
A similar incident happened few days back
In a similar incident, a 22-year-old man was arrested in Gorgeaon East late Thursday for allegedly flashing a woman. Police said the incident took place at 10.15 pm while the complainant, a 24-year old businesswoman, was outside the Westin Hotel in Goregaon East speaking to a friend. Police said the accused, a labourer named Salman Khan, was urinating nearby and exposed himself to the woman. Khan was detained by passersby and later handed over to police. He has been booked.
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