A police officer is said to have spoken to Reddy, who defended himself saying that he had only tried to reach back to help her open the door which was child-locked.
The incident took place around 10:30 pm on Sunday on the Ring Road in south east Bengaluru. It was when the vehicle reached the Intermediate Ring Road that the driver allegedly attempted to sexually assault her, while she was in the backseat of the auto.
She alleged that the driver stopped the cab at the intermediate Ring Road and tried to touch her inappropriately. The driver activated the child lock and forcing the woman to remain in the auto, while he masturbated. "I threatened to break the window, it was only then that the driver let me get out of the vehicle", the victim told TNM. He called her to warn her that he would cause her harm if approached the police. The cabbie identified as Rajshekhar Reddy made several calls to the woman, threatening her with dire consequences if she complained against him. "It all happened so suddenly that I was taken aback". She then ran away from the spot till she reached the Ejipura traffic signal, about 500 metres away.
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The police said they came to know about the incident through the media. A similar disgusting shameful incident was reported from Hyderabad where the 26-year-old Uber driver was arrested after the woman passenger on board filed a complaint against the driver.
It said the customer has been asked to lodge a formal complaint with the authorities. "We have zero tolerance toward such incidents and the driver has been suspended from the platform as an immediate action, upon receiving the complaint". Safety of customers is our priority and we will continue to extend our full support to this investigation against the said driver, "the Ola spokesperson added". They are taking strict action against the driver.
Asked why she has not lodged a police complaint, she said she was not a resident of Bengaluru and wanted to avoid "legal hassles" as she was leaving the city next month.