Hyderabad: The Uber driver, who masturbated in the cab while dropping a 25-year-old woman to the RGI Airport on Thursday night, was arrested by the Cyberabad police on Saturday.
The incident took place while the techie was on her way to Delhi to celebrate Diwali with family. She got into Uber taxi around 7.40am from the city to the airport. Riding on the Outer Ring Road (ORR), the driver slowed down the car to 50kmph and started masturbating by glancing at the woman in the rear-view mirror. As she realized the driver’s mischief, she shouted at him and asked him to stop the car. Then she clicked a picture of the driver and posted it on Facebook narrating her ordeal.
After arriving at the Delhi airport, she tried to lodge a complaint with the police but they refused to accept it as the incident took place in Hyderabad. She then filed a complaint online with the city police. The Cyberabad police swung into action immediately and identified the accused as Daadi Prem Kumar, 26, from Hafeezpet who is the owner of the cab. As the driver took a leave on the day, he drove the cab without being registered with the company.
The investigation revealed a major lapse on the part of Uber that allowed him to drive the cab without his being registered. “We are investigating this negligence on Uber’s part. The photograph in the app was also too small to verify the driver's identity,” said Madhapur DCP Vishwaprasad.
On the basis of the victim's complaint via email, the Cyberabad police registered a case under Sections 354 A and 509 of Indian Penal Code.