By Sneha Johari & Shashidhar KJ
Online cab aggregator Ola has suspended an unnamed cab driver and shared the details of the car with Kolkata authorities in response to the reported gangrape and murder of a 12 year old girl in the city. However, Ola also said that according to its records, the incident did not take place while the driver was on the Ola platform. Ola’s full statement:
“We are saddened by the reports of the alleged misbehaviour of a driver in Kolkata. On preliminary identification of the cab details shared by authorities, we have suspended the account associated with this cab with immediate effect. As per our records, this incident has not occurred while on the Ola platform. We will work with the authorities to share any information that will help support their investigation.”
Two drivers Shankar Shaw and Guddu Singh reportedly saw the girl on the road and got her into the car and forced themselves onto her before killing her and throwing her body in a canal below the Park Citrus flyover in the city. According to the Hindustan Times report, both the drivers confessed to killing the girl and have now been arrested.
Uber driver sentenced to life
Last November, Shiv Kumar Yadav, the Uber driver accused in the rape incident on 5th December last year, was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of rape, causing bodily harm and endangering the life of a woman under the IPC. After an FIR was launched against him, there were reports of Yadav having a history of sexual assault with 5 registered and 27 unregistered cases, as past victims resurfaced.
In January, the Delhi rape victim sued Uber for negligence and fraud in a US Federal Court, after she hired New York-based litigator Douglas Wigdor, to look into the possibility of suing Uber in US courts since the company’s driver screening and passenger safety policies was formulated in the United States. However, last month, the victim withdrew her court case against the company.
Other cases involving Ola drivers
– In January, Ola fired a driver in Bhopal for reportedly raping a woman. At the time, Ola also issued a statement that the driver was not on the company’s platform when the incident occurred.
– A woman travelling in an Ola Auto was assaulted by the driver in April as indicated by this OneIndia report.
– In July, an Ola driver was caught filming a female passenger surreptitiously, reports Huffington Post. Ola apologized and told her that the driver’s was terminated and he won’t be driving for them anymore.