Woman says Ola cab driver molested her while returning from work

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Bengaluru, May 1
A driver of app-based cab aggregator Ola allegedly molested a woman in the Karnataka capital when she was heading home from work around 2.30am on Friday. Police have registered a case and launched a hunt to catch the suspect after the woman’s complaint.
The woman, who is a professional singer, alleged that the cabbie veered off the route shown on his Ola-approved mobile phone map after driving for a while and stopped at a deserted spot. The driver then turned around and groped her, the woman said in her complaint filed in Bommanahalli police station. The sudden assault left her speechless for a moment but she regained her wits, screamed and fought back, before managing to get off the car and run towards to a medical clinic nearby, she said. She called a friend from the clinic. By then, the suspect had allegedly driven away.
Additional commissioner of police Hemanth Nimbalkar said the accused is on the run. “We have formed a special team to nab the culprit.”
Ola said in a statement that it had terminated the services of the driver after it received the complaint. “Safety of users is of utmost importance to us and we have zero tolerance towards any such behaviour,” it said. The cab aggregator assured the woman its support in the police investigation.

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