The 24-year-old married woman had a harrowing escape with no option but to jump out of the car
The Hush Post: A person posing as a Uber cab driver, who allegedly locked a 24-year-old woman inside the car and sexually harassed and threatened her, was arrested from Sonepat’s Janti Kalan village where he was found drunk.
The accused, identified as Sanjeev alias Sanju, was driving the cab despite not being registered with Uber, the police informed. “The white Swift car he was driving did not have a yellow commercial number plate and had tinted glasses. The driver did not have a driving licence,” Aslam Khan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (north-west) told mediapersons.
The woman lives with her husband in outer Delhi’s Rohini and commutes daily for work to Sonepat. On Friday evening she chose to hire an Uber cab to her home. “She got into the cab around 7pm, but noticed that the vehicle did not have a yellow number plate. She still took the car,” said the DCP.
As soon as she sat in the car, the woman found the driver’s conduct inappropriate. “The driver called someone and spoke about meeting somewhere and drinking together. The woman checked the driver’s details on the Uber app and found it was another person,” said the DCP.
She soon realised that the driver chose an isolated route over her preferred route. She tried to jump out of the car when it slowed down at a traffic junction near Mukarba Chowk, but the driver activated the central locking system.
“The driver then threatened her and passed sexual remarks. When the cab slowed down again near a CNG pump in Jahangirpuri around 9 pm, she managed to unlock the car door and jump out. The woman dialled the police control room number, in the meanwhile the cab driver managed to flee with the car, according to the police.
An Uber spokesperson told a national daily that it was a case of “identity theft”. He said the company immediately removed the driver partner’s access to the Uber app. “We will take strict action against the original driver for letting an unregistered driver without a licence access his account and take trips via Uber App,” the spokesperson said in its statement.
“We sought the cab details from Uber and managed to arrest the accused within a few hours,” said the DCP.