Women’s security in radio taxis only appears to be going downhill. Every now and then there are complaints by passengers where drivers of app-based taxi-services like Uber and Ola are accused of harassment, misbehaviour and sexual assault.
Recently, Ambika Sharma Anavkar, a Pune resident, shared her bitter experience with a creepy Uber driver.
In a Facebook post she narrated how the driver kept annoying her with repeated texts. At first, she assumed that s her cousin had left something behind in the cab and so her tried to get in touch. But just when the driver said he ‘missed’ her, she understood that he was just another creep
This is what she wrote on Facebook:
On the 07th of May I booked a cab from the airport to Pashan in pune with you for a relative and her 2 boys! The driver seemed friendly and asked her where was she coming from and tried making small talks, to which she initially replied with politeness and later started ignoring. Now this is what happens next. If this is not the beginning of harassment then what Is? I book my family with only uber because so far I felt safe and secure with you’ll. But not any more!!! When he said he was the driver I thought my cousin left something back in the cab and he is meaning to return it.. but this is what the truth was!!
Please see the pics attached!
This guy, Sanjay messaged her in WhatsApp and tried to introduce himself. When she didn’t remember, he told her that HE was the one who dropped her to the Airport and later started talking gibberish talks like I started missing you after that and so on.
Uber reply to the Lady after she complained against him:
This is a form of Harassment which Ambika had to face according to Section 354D of the Indian Penal Code, which states:
“Any man who-follows a woman and contacts, or attempts to contact such woman to foster personal interaction repeatedly despite a clear indication of disinterest by such woman; or monitors the use by a woman of the internet, email or any other form of electronic communication,commits the offence of stalking.”
Uber might have immediately taken action against the driver, but women’s safety in radio taxis remains unanswered.