Delhi lives up to its expectations of being one of the worst cities for women to live in yet again. However, what’s alarming is the attitude of the cops towards this young woman when she asked for their help regarding a nasty affair that she had to deal with on her ride in an Ola Cab.
Priyanka Gusain found herself being video-taped by her Ola cab driver on a Sunday afternoon and quite naturally, she was more than uncomfortable. This is how she narrated the story:
I am going to narrate something that happened with me in an OLA cab.
*This is a caution advice to all females and an eye-opener for OLA’
It was 12:43 PM and I was travelling to Chanakyapuri in an Ola cab. My driver’s name was Abhilash Singh, CRN No. 299860428.
As the cab moved on for the destination, I went about checking my emails and answering some important work related phone calls. However, I sensed something extremely strange about the cab driver. His body posture was defensive and he would constantly look at me in the rear view mirror. Not knowing whether to trust my gut feeling, I discounted it as my brain telling me to be cautious.
Moments later, my attention was pulled towards a phone which was neatly placed at an angle on his hand which allowed the aforementioned driver to very easily and comfortably record the happenings in the cab.
It was then that it hit me; he might have been recording a video. I did not realise this initially but the moment I sat in his car, his phone’s front camera was fixed in my direction.
I asked him to pull over and confiscated his phone. What I saw left me shocked.
There it was, a video of me, all of me. My every gesture, movement, each word uttered was recorded on his phone. Never in my life did I ever feel this violated.
Imagine, had I not known, some random stranger would have been walking around with a video of me in his phone, in his pocket, meant to be shared or something.
However, Priyanka decided not to keep mum about it. She demanded the driver to show his phone and that’s when he resorted to an obnoxious lie.
He started with the lie that he was only saving his daughter’s pictures. When Priyanka persisted on him showing her the pictures he had no option but give in. She found that she had been recorded all this while which got so upset that she screamed at him. Her screams scared the driver and he tried touching her feet for mercy.
She redirected the cab to a busier location and called 100 for Police and lodged an FIR.
Although, the driver was put behind bars, Priyanka was told that he would released in a day or two because it was just a bailable offence.
She was asked to file complaint with Ola and that’s what she did and it took seven days for the call cab service to finally take action.
This is what she wrote on her Facebook post to Ola.
The driver is probably out right now, driving some girl somewhere and violating her in ways the law does not seem to recognize.
I want to urge Ola to take strong action against this employee because if need be, I will escalate this matter further.
“Apologies for the bad experience the team will get in touch with you regarding the issue,” that’s all Ola management had for her.