Horrific incidents of sexual harassment have become a compulsory news of the day it seems. Despite stringent protocols and larger than ever push towards eradicating this deep-seated issue, the eventuality of such incidents have only risen over time.
With every passing day, this world seems a disadvantaged place for women and every ounce of development is a step backwards if we can’t assure the safety of women globally.
It was just another day when a woman decided to take an ‘advanced’ ride of Uber, and may they say, at an inappropriate time of the day, and we’re quite sorry but we don’t know what she was wearing when the driver thought it was okay to climb to the back seat, put his hand on her thigh and feel her up.
Read the entire recount here:
“Last night an expat girlfriend who is currently working in Bombay took an Uber from my house in Pali Hill to 7 Bungalows. She asked us if Uber was safe and all of us jumped to assure her that she was in BOMBAY and she had nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, we were proved wrong because this uber driver tried to molest her on their way to Versova.
He spoke to her in a friendly manner when she first got in and asked her where she was from and made small talk. Later, he said that since the roads in Mumbai are horrible she was welcome to come sit in the passenger seat up front with him. When she refused to move he complained about low visibility through his back screen and told her he was going to pull over to clean it. She was very uncomfortable but allowed him to stop to clean the screen. She was surprised when he came to the back seat under the pretext of cleaning the window from the inside and proceeded to put his hand on her thigh and tried to feel her up. She panicked and tried to push him off and only when she started shouting at him did he move off her and go back to his seat. She managed to jump off and get home safely.
But what angers me is that this has happened in Bombay! I cannot believe this happened to my friend. This happens because there are no consequences! And Uber? How many of us are using Uber? I’m expecting Uber to deal with this in a way that scares any Uber driver from violating someone. While we are going to make an official police complaint, Uber needs to check the backgrounds of their drivers and have consequences. And as people of this city that have always been progressive when it comes to women, where I feel safe to drive home at 3am, we cannot keep quiet. That Uber driver should have been stripped and sent home naked so he can feel the shame he deserves!” #uber