A woman accused ‘Taxi For Sure’ driver of Sexual harassment. After the ‘Ola cab rape case’, this one comes as a shocker as ever after so much of public & social media outrage, such incidents are happening in our national capital. The issue of women safety is in the limelight once again. A woman alleged that the cab driver masturbated while smiling at her during the ride from Saket to Faridabad on July 2. The woman passenger was traumatised by his obscene & pervert act.
The woman shared her ordeal on social networking sites Facebook & twitter causing social media outrage. People showed their anger & sympathy. The woman is yet to file a police report. She has contacted Taxi For sure”. They had promised legal action against the taxi driver, Devendra Kumar.
Taxi For Sure, which is not owned by Ola cab, has told TOI that the driver had been blacklisted and his services terminated. “We regret the experience the passenger had, and we condemn the driver’s actions. We will continue to work closely with the passenger and will support her and the authorities in every possible manner, as and when required,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
The woman booked a cab from Ola cab around 9.15 pm. She was assigned driver Devendra Kumar in a Swift cab (DL 01YE 3341). As per her Facebook post, she says ‘ “Like everyday I booked a cab via Ola cabs last night, except it was a Taxi For Sure (cab) from Saket, south Delhi to Faridabad, Haryana. Everything from the car to the driver seemed alright. I am usually on calls when in transit so I asked the driver to mellow the music thrice. As I was roughly 25 minutes away from my destination the driver got impatient and started driving rashly. Moreover, he seemed extremely restless anxious and kept mumbling something to himself.”
The woman hung up the call & asked the driver politely to drive properly. She was about to make another call when she noticed that the driver was masturbating while driving. Her post says, ” I was about to make another call when I notice he was masturbating while driving. He had little control over the wheel as well as his perverseness. He had a smile on his face that will haunt me for the nights to come. A psychotic man with a severe chemical imbalance for a driver is nothing but dangerous. Since it was the only thing I could do was to open my window as I counted the seconds to reach home”.
She was shocked & outraged. She confronted the driver once she reached the destination. The driver categorically denied the act. ” “I called Ola, they directed me to Taxi For Sure. Called TFS whose barely trained call centre technicians gave me a standard reply – Madam, we will take action against the driver in 24 hours.”
She had shared the message she received from the cab service confirming the can booking with the details of assigned driver & cab number
( A screen shot of the cab booking)
Such cases of sexual harassment against women have become a regular occurrence. It seems that the molesters do not have any fear of the law. The cab service company is said to be in contact with the woman. The services of the driver was terminated & he is been blacklisted. The woman questioned ” Is it enough?”
Is it really enough? I don’t know where to begin. I, as a woman, feel powerless, sidelined & neglected. Just a few days ago a gentleman from one of the political outfits made a preposterous statement that slaughtering a cow was same as raping a Hindu girl. What were his thoughts on girls from other religion being raped, is another matter of a national debate. While there are laws to protect the cows, people to protect them from being slaughtered, a woman has no such privileges. You are on your own in this Big Bad World.
Unlike a cow, who gets the benefit of the doubt for being an innocent four-legged being, women are often pushed to the wall in such situations. Why were you roaming without a male companion? So late in the night? Your clothes must have provoked the ‘innocent-male-with-high-
I remember the stories my mother told me whenever she didn’t want me to go out alone. She would tell me about a monster who would come out of nowhere & pounce upon you if you ever dared to walk out alone. The same monster has come haunting back. This time he is disguised as a human. Next time I am going to hire a cab, my hand would rummage the bag & grab a pepper spray or a knife. I would count every second, probably mutter ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ for my safety till I reach my destination.
Why does this country can’t protect its women? Why from a super rich brat to a lesser mortals like a cabbie driver won’t flinch before committing a crime against women? Why ban on a film is enforced more effectively than a ban on unruly public behavior? Thanks to the ineffective law & incompetent machinery, we have created our own Taliban. Where women fear to venture out, where every single human right is violated, where an opinion on a social platform break opens the gate of hell, women are abused, molested, exploited and all we care about is to save the Holy Cow.
The present scenario of women safety in this country is terribly detrimental for not only a woman but every single citizen of this country. After all, every male is a son, father, brother, friend & husband to a woman. I have a question for every single male. aren’t you all afraid for your women> don’t you get angry? Doesn’t this futile environment bother you? If your answer is yes, what do you do about it?
These incidents have planted a seed of fear in every girl who dare to go out of the house to get the education, to work for her family, kids or herself. And it keeps on growing every single moment. It intensifies whenever I hear such unfortunate incidents. BUT I am a fighter. I will not let the fear dictate my life. Every morning, I will conquer my fears, hold my handbag close to my body & step out. As the only person that could fight for me is ME.