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Mumbai: Ola driver molests woman after luring her into cab



Even as the safety of app-based cab services have been debated, another case of molestation by an Ola cab driver is being reported in Mumbai. The RAK (Rafi Ahmed Kidwai) Marg police arrested the Ola cab driver after the 32-year-old woman from Sewri, a locality along the eastern edge of South Mumbai, accused him of kidnapping and molesting her.

The alleged incident took place when the woman was en route to pick her 7-year old son from school. On her way, she was approached by the cab driver who forced her to sit in the cab. The cab driver has been identified as Shadabh Mohammad Ibrahim Shaikh, a resident of Ghatkopar in Mumbai.

Talking to Hindustan Times, an officer of the RAK Marg police said, “Shaikh told her he was looking for a babysitter. After they spoke for a while, he convinced her to sit in his cab.”

“Once the woman sat next to him, the driver pounced on her and asked her to be his friend. He insisted that she give him her mobile number and even snatched her phone. When the woman resisted, Shaikh started the car. She tried to raise the alarm, but realised that he had locked all the doors and rolled up the windows,” the officer told HT.

The woman tried to grab the steering wheel of the car but failed. Finally, she managed to open one of the doors and tried to jump from the speeding car. According to police, the driver got scared on seeing that the woman was about to jump. He stopped the vehicle. Later, when she asked him to return her phone, he refused to do so. The woman fled.

A case has been registered against the accused under sections 354 (assault on a woman to outrage her modesty), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 392 (punishment for robbery) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

This is not the first case of molestation by an Ola cab driver. Last year, two Ola cab drivers were arrested, one in Delhi and one in Mumbai, for molesting woman passengers.