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Uber Driver Booked for Raping Woman Passenger in Bengaluru; Incident Raised in Karnataka Assembly

The driver, who was booked, for rape has been working for Uber in Bengaluru for the last two years. (Representational Photo/ PTI)

The driver, who was booked, for rape has been working for Uber in Bengaluru for the last two years. (Representational Photo/ PTI)

The woman works at a private firm while the driver has been with Uber in Bengaluru for the last two years.

An Uber cab driver was booked for allegedly raping a woman passenger while she was returning from her friend’s house early morning, the police said on Wednesday. Additional police commissioner Murugan told media that the driver has been booked for rape under Section 376.

“We acted swiftly upon the complaint and arrested the accused who is from Andhra Pradesh. We are questioning him thoroughly. A medical examination (of the woman) has been conducted,” Murugan said. The police will produce the accused to the magistrate soon.

The woman, who hails from Jharkhand and has been living in Bengaluru for a couple of years, registered a complaint at Jeevan Bhima Nagar police station on Wednesday. She told the police that she booked the cab from HSR Layout to Murugesh Palya.

When they reached the destination, the driver locked the car doors and allegedly raped her. He then pushed her out of the taxi. During that time, she managed to snatch his phone. The driver was apparently too scared to stay back and fled without taking his phone, which is now in the police custody.

The woman works at a private firm while the driver has been with Uber in Bengaluru for the last two years.

The police have withheld the name of the driver as the investigation is at the preliminary stage.

Meanwhile, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai faced the heat of the opposition during the monsoon session of Karnataka assembly over the Uber rape incident and another Mysuru gang-rape on August 24. Bommai told opposition leader Siddaramaiah, “We don’t delay any procedures in any cases, we take legal action as soon as the crime is reported.”

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first published:September 22, 2021, 18:22 IST