The Delhi Police have registered a case related to the incident where a driver allegedly misbehaved with a female journalist on an Uber auto rickshaw in the national capital.
“We are working hard to track down and arrest the suspect,” police officials said on Friday.
“At about 11pm on 02.03.23, a Ms. X resident of Bharat Nagar approached NFC police station and filed a complaint against a driver. She made allegations of indecent behavior and lewd staring by him while moving from NFC to Malviya Nagar on 01.03.
Police registered an FIR under IPC section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to offend a woman’s modesty) and launched an investigation into the incident.
“Accordingly, a case vide FIR No. 92/23 u/s 509 IPC dated 02.03.23 was registered with PS NFC and an investigation was initiated. Further ownership of the above was obtained which is found in the name of one Mohd Yunus Khan, resident of A-439 Nehru Camp Govindpuri Delhi, who is being questioned to apprehend the offender’s driver,” the official statement read.
@Uber I took a car from my house to a friend’s house. After a while I noticed that the driver was looking at me through the side mirrors of the car, right at my breasts. I shifted a little to the right and was not visible in the left side mirror.
– Arfa Javaid (@javaidarfa_) March 1, 2023
Earlier, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal said that a notice has been sent to Uber India and Delhi Police regarding the incident of sexual assault of a female journalist in an Uber car in Delhi.
On Thursday, Swati Maliwal said in a tweet, “Notification has been issued to Uber India and Delhi Police regarding the unfortunate incident of sexual assault against a female journalist in an Uber Auto in Delhi. Information has also been obtained about the steps Uber is taking has taken for the safety of women.”
While speaking to ANI, the victim woman said, “I went to my friend’s house in Malviya Nagar and I got into an NFC car. I booked the car through Uber. I was alone in the car. Because I listened to music on listening was , at first I didn’t understand what was going on. After some time I realized that the car driver was staring at me in the left side mirror. My breasts were visible in the mirror and he looked at me. I became uncomfortable and shifted to to my right. However, he changed his position and started to look at me in the right mirror.”
“After this I went to the far left corner so that I was not visible to him, but he turned around and started to look at me. I threatened him and said I would complain and surprisingly he did not object. So I opened the Uber App and clicked on a number in the app. However, due to a fluctuating network, I was unable to get in touch, so I called the number again. Also this time, I was unable to contact the company due to various glitches in the app,” the woman added up to it.
The woman further stated that the Delhi Woman’s Commission took action after she tweeted about the incident.
She said, “I tweeted about the incident at night. Delhi Woman’s Commission followed up after my tweet went viral. I have lodged both oral and written complaint with the Commission. I came to complain to the Commission after all this the police.”
“Delhi police have said they will file an FIR and I have to be present before the magistrate tomorrow,” she added.
Demanding the woman’s safety in the national capital, she said: “The incident happened to me in broad daylight. I had the opportunity to confront because it was daytime. What if the incident happened at night? The Uber app didn’t work. There should have been a good system and they should have called me back. When I raised my voice against the incident, the company contacted me.”
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