An Ola cab driver was arrested for molesting a Belgian woman on Saturday. The cab aggregator said that the driver has been dismissed. The 24 year old woman has identified herself as a language translator. According to her, she had booked the cab from Gurgaon to CR park (Delhi) and on the way the driver tried to kiss her. She was asked by the driver to sit in front and help him with the directions as the GPS was not working. The driver has been identified as Balraj Singh alias Raj, age 25 years.
According to the police, she got down and narrated the incident to her friend. Woman’s friend then made a PCR call at 10.15 pm, after which the police tried to track the owner of car. The cab owner was identified as Vikram Singh, and later the main accused (driver) was arrested. They also said that while booking the cab, the woman received a message from OLA saying that Singh would pick her up but it was later known that he had rented his vehicle to Balraj.
Her friend has also taken up this issue to social media and told what all happened. She also said that the driver took her friend’s phone and also deleted all the SMSs sent from OLA to her.
According to a police officer, “The woman had booked the cab at 6 pm from Gurgaon. The driver requested her to sit in the front seat. He tried to interact with the woman and wanted a photo with her. He also misbehaved with the woman and kissed her, following which a minor scuffle broke out between the two.”
The cab service provider said that they have terminated the accused driver and further added, “The said driver has been terminated from the platform with immediate effect. We will share all required information with the authorities to help resolve this for the customer. We have zero tolerance to such behaviour from drivers on the platform.”
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has confirmed that they received a complaint and also said that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has been asked for a report in this case.
The cases of molestation are increasing in the national capital. Earlier in January, a similar incident took place where a female journalist was molested while she was travelling from Noida to Delhi in a cab.