Bengaluru: Ola cab driver holds woman passenger hostage and masturbates in vehicle

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An Ola driver allegedly harassed a 23-year-old fashion stylist from Kolkata travelling in his cab in Bengaluru. Speaking to OneIndia, the victim alleged that her complaints to the cab aggregator yielded no results and that the driver continued to harass her through phone calls the next day.

The driver then started calling the woman on her number to warn her after which she blocked his number. The incident took place at Sunday night around 10.30 pm.

The victim, who is a fashion stylist, said the driver had engaged the child lock to trap the woman in his vehicle.

"We regret the unfortunate experience the customer had during their ride". I was looking out of the window when he suddenly stopped and started touching my legs.

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Ola said in a statement on Wednesday that it had zero tolerance to such incidents and the driver had been suspended on receiving the complaint. "I have informed the police inspector of my area but I have not lodged a formal complaint", she said.

The company urged the the woman to file a formal complaint, adding that it would give "full support" to the investigation against the driver.

Interestingly, the woman told the New Indian Express that she had availed the Ola Select service on her mobile app, which helped customers get only the higher rated drivers to ply them. The cabbie identified as Rajshekhar Reddy made several calls to the woman, threatening her with dire consequences if she complained against him.

Another shocking incident was reported in September where an Ola cab driver allegedly assaulted a businessman with iron rod near CV Raman Road. Even now they haven't told me what action has been taken.

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