Bengaluru: Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant apologized to a woman passenger after she raised the issue of an Ola cab driver allegedly masturbating in front of her while on a ride in Bengaluru in the wee hours of Friday. The top cop also ordered that the culprit be nabbed.
The incident had taken place when the young journalist working for a reputed English daily, after work booked an Ola cab to reach her residence. “In a city that I call home, it made me feel extremely unsafe today. Took an Ola around the usual time, after work only to be with a driver who had the audacity to think he could masturbate in front of me. He kept at it thinking I hadn’t noticed and kept at it,” she said.
“As soon as I noticed, he closed the dhoti he was wearing and pretended nothing was wrong. With the little courage I had, I screamed and shouted, made him stop the cab. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a dark street with a barely lit street light. He stopped and drove off,” she explained.
The victim said she couldn’t use the emergency contact number. “Yes, there’s an emergency contact number but when you’re put in a situation like that, sometimes you don’t think. You just want it to stop and get away from the situation. For all I know, it could have turned into something unimaginable that I could not have stopped,” she explained.
“I finally found another ride who dropped me home, ripped me off for a short ride but the money wasn’t the concern at the time,” she said.
“Ola has assured that the driver has been suspended and a complaint has been launched. But how is anyone supposed to feel safe when returning home after a day of work? Are we just going to stop functioning because these men, who don’t know how to keep it in their pants?,” she said.
That’s why women stay on calls when travelling alone. That’s why they share locations with others to keep track. All this, just because women want to feel safe when none of this is even their fault, she added.
“Tonight my city failed me. Scarred me once again with public molestation. Another scare to add in this world we live in,” she said.
Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant responded to her posts and stated, “We are sorry to hear about this. Your complaint is duly noted and a team has already been put on the job by DCP Central to secure the culprit. They will get in touch with you for more details. This will also be taken up with Ola cabs for appropriate action at their end,” he assured.
(WIth inputs from IANS)