External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj sought a report from Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on the case of an Ola cab driver who was arrested for molesting a 23-year-old Belgian woman in Delhi.
“I have asked Lt Governor of Delhi for a report on the molestation of a Belgian girl by a cab driver, ” she said.
“We are committed to the safety and security of all foreign nationals in India,” she said in a series of tweets.
Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta accused the ruling Aam Admi Party( AAP) of doing nothing regarding women safety. “The Aam Aadmi Party government has gone back on its promise to ensure women’s safety,” he said.
He also reminded Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of his promises of installing security cameras across the national capital.
Former Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit also criticized Kejriwal.
“Be it molestation or rape, Delhi has seen an increase in such crimes and they have risen all the more under the Kejriwal dispensation. I want him and his ministers to focus on women’s security. Where else will women feel safe if not in the national capital?” she said.
The driver, identified as a 23 year old, from Rajasthan, has been terminated from Ola’s platform, the taxi hailing company said.
In her complaint, the Belgian woman said she was travelling on Saturday in the cab from Gurgaon to Delhi when she was molested by the driver, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.
The officer said the driver was arrested from Gurgaon around 3 a.m. on Sunday and booked for molestation. “We have also seized the car bearing registration number HR55 W 3346.”
Another police officer, who is part of the investigation team, told that the woman hired the cab around 5.30 p.m. on Saturday from Gurgaon’s DLF area to go to Delhi to meet her friend.
“At first, the driver initially pretended he could not find the place she wanted to go and drove around, and then told her that the cab’s GPS system was not working and she should come to the front and help him with the directions.
“As she came and sat, he then snatched her mobile and deleted all her contacts so that she could not call anyone fast. After that he molested her before leaving her in Govindpuri area (in south Delhi) around 7.30 p.m.,” said the officer, citing the woman’s complaint.
“The woman then called the Police Control Room and we managed to arrest the driver with the help of technical surveillance,” the officer added.
Ola assured they will provide all help to police and the had removed the driver immediately.
“The driver has been terminated from the platform with immediate effect.
“We will share all required information with the authorities to help resolve this for the customer. We have zero tolerance for such behaviour from drivers,” the cab aggregator said in a statement.
In another communique, the Ola said: “The vehicle, the associated operator and the driver all three permanently blacklisted from Ola Cabs.”
The increase in sexual assaults on passengers of Ola and Uber haven’t prompted the taxi hailing companies to put in place stringent back ground checks of their drivers. It takes less than two hours for a new driver to get docked to these companies, an Ola driver who did not want to be identified said.