In another shameful incident, a woman on Thursday who took an Uber cab to go to the Hyderabad airport reported that an Uber driver was masturbating while driving. Uma Sharma says that this shameful incident has scared her as a woman. She says that she will be horrified to travel alone in future in an unknown city. Uma Sharma took to Facebook to describe the shameful and horrifying incident. The Facebook post read, “Today my Uber driver thought it perfectly normal to masturbate while dropping me to the airport.”
“As soon as we were on the relatively empty ORR in Hyderabad, he slowed the car to about a 50 kmph and kept glancing back in the rearview mirror. After about 5mins when I realized what he was doing, I shouted and asked him to stop the car – unfazed, and continuing his act, he very nonchalantly asked me what was wrong. After much screaming, he reluctantly stopped the car, and continued standing on the road until I took a picture of him and threatened to go to the cops”, she added.
It is unfortunate that such an incident came to light when women across the globe are protesting against sexual harassment and sexual assault using the ‘Me Too’ hashtag to speak up about sexual abuse and harassment which they face. Women all over the world are raising their voice to make people aware of the magnitude of the problem. In the post, Uma also mentioned the hashtag saying, “Today, I shudder to think how many of these #metoo statuses were because of the same vile men who repeated their actions – only because we were too scared to speak up.”
Uma also said that she will be registering a police complaint and she further criticized Uber’s driver verification process and how dangerous can this turn out to be for female passengers. “So today, I choose to speak up and I won’t stop until #UberIndia takes responsibility for their non-existent driver verification and complete disregard for their passenger’s safety. I’m also taking this up with the cops to initiate action against this worthless excuse of a man,” she wrote.
Uber India while commenting on the horrendous incident said that it had barred the driver’s access to the Uber app following the complaint “What’s been described has no place on our app. Our community guidelines clearly reject such inappropriate behaviour. The driver partner’s access to the Uber app has been barred,” it said.