He watched porn, masturbated and made sure I see it: Ola passenger recalls horrific ride

Bengaluru: Another incident of misbehaviour by a private cab driver has been reported from the state capital of Karnataka. The incident occurred on Thursday when a 22-year-old woman, employed with a private firm booked a cab from Yelahanka New Town to JP Nagar.

According to the woman, she booked an Ola cab around 6.28 am on Thursday morning, and a driver arrived at her residence shortly. Once they neared Queen’s circle, the woman noticed that the driver, Devasmoliya, was constantly ogling her through the rear view mirror.

In the complaint she lodged at the Cubbon Park police station, the woman said that the driver held his cell phone in his left hand so that it is visible to her and started watching a porn video. She went further to claim that he even masturbated with her present in the backseat. She told police officials that she repeatedly urged him to stop the car and let her off but he did not stop until they reached her destination.

Responding to the allegations, Ola sent out a statement saying that the accused driver no longer has access to their platform. “We are standing by our customer and cooperating with police,” said.

Incidents of cab drivers misbehaving and/or sexually harassing female passengers surface once every few days in the city which shows the government and the aggregator’s failure towards imposing measures to avoid such incidents.

Earlier, the ministry of road transport and highways made it compulsory for private cab aggregators to intoduce a panic button in all of their vehicles, and also ensure that the vehicles plying for them are not equipped with a child lock system.

(With inputs from Agencies)