Bengaluru: Ola cab driver molests woman after locking her inside the auto

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The victim, who is a fashion stylist, said the driver had engaged the child lock to trap the woman in his auto.

The victim was travelling from Indiranagar to BTM Layout.

An Ola representative confirmed that after the incident was brought to their attention, and after they spoke to the woman concerned, they temporarily suspended Reddy. Resisting her advances, the victim tried to get out the auto. I warned him and tried to damage the auto.

The driver then started calling the woman on her number to warn her after which she blocked his number. He called her to warn her that he would cause her harm if approached the police. He let me go then. That is when he finally released the lock and I ran out of the cab.

The two-and-a-half-kilometre stretch of the Intermediate Ring Road from Embassy Golf Links to Ejipura signal does not have any shops or buildings. Reacting to this incident, Ola in a statement on Wednesday said the company has zero tolerance to such incidents and had suspended the driver just after receiving the complaint. But the victim did not want us to file an FIR.

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The police said that they came to know about the incident through the media and that no complaint had been filed in any police station in Bengaluru south-east where the alleged incident took place.

She added that after few minutes of the incident she called up the Ola customer care service and lodged a complaint. "We have zero tolerance to such incidents and the driver has been suspended from the platform as an immediate action upon receiving the complaint".

Asserting that customers' safety is its priority, Ola also asked the customer to lodge a formal complaint with the authorities. In April, another Ola user was allegedly sexually assaulted by a driver.

The incident took place around 10.30 pm on Sunday, in a deserted spot on the Ring Road in south east Bengaluru, an NDTV report said.

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