Mumbai: Uber driver found masturbating at woman in cab

Mumbai: In a Friday morning rush-hour shocker, an Uber cab driver was found masturbating by a woman passenger at Andheri.

The incident occurred at 10:30 a.m. on the Andheri-Seepz Road when the victim was alone inside the cab. The accused, Haleem, started behaving inappropriately: He unzipped his pants and started masturbating in full public view when the car halted near a signal.

“I immediately got out of the car and asked him to stop the fare meter. He also stepped out of the car abusing, and asked me what had happened… To which I said: ‘Don’t you know what has 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.

Speaking to the Free Press Journal, the victim said, “I am in touch with the Deputy Commissioner of Police on the phone. I will be recording my detailed statement with the police soon and getting a First Information Report

(FIR) registered in this matter with the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation police at Andheri under whose jurisdiction the incident occurred.”  ‘‘It is an extremely grave incident. It should not happen to any woman. I am shocked that this horrible incident transpired with me, she said.

 “Uber does not even have a proper grievance system in place. I had to google the email address to register a complaint with them. However, there is no communication from Uber in this matter. It is through the media and forwards on WhatsApp I have come to know that the driver has been suspended, “the victim added. According to Shailesh Pasalwad, Senior Police Inspector, MIDC police, “A First Information Report (FIR) has not been registered as yet. We will be recording the statement of the victim in the next few days.”

According to an Uber spokesperson, “What has been described has no place on our app. We clearly reject such inappropriate behaviour. Upon learning about the incident, we immediately removed the driver partner’s access to the app. The lady was contacted over the phone after the incident and her grievances were addressed.”

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