Hyderabad Uber Driver Masturbates in Cab; Woman Describes Incident on Facebook

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 Hyderabad, Oct 21: A driver of Uber cab masturbated in front of a female passenger on October 19. The native of Delhi took to Facebook to apprise the world about the gruesome experience. The girl hired the cab to the airport and the driver slowed the car to about a 50 km/ph and masturbated by looking at the girl in the rearview mirror.

As per NDTV, Uma Sharma hails from the national capital and had just recently shifted to Hyderabad.

What the girl wrote on Facebook:

Today my Uber driver thought it perfectly normal to masturbate while dropping me to the airport. As soon as we were on the relatively empty ORR in Hyderabad, he slowed the car to about a 50 km/ph and kept glancing back in the rearview mirror. After about 5mins when I realized what he was doing, I shouted and asked him to stop the car – unfazed, and continuing his act, he very nonchalantly asked me what was wrong. After much screaming, he reluctantly stopped the car and continued standing on the road until I took a picture of him and threatened to go to the cops.

I was scared- as an alone woman in a still-unfamiliar city. Scared of what else he may do since I’d threatened him. Scared that he may return while I waited on the road for another cab. Scared at how utterly powerless I felt when he blankly looked at me, without an ounce of guilt on his face. And most of all, scared that this was probably not the first time he’d done this- yet he was still out there, just a matter of time until he did the same, or God forbid, did worse with some other woman.

Two days back I was hopeful as I, along with hundreds of other women I know, chose to speak about the sexual harassment we’ve faced. Anger aside, there was also an odd sense of unity in watching so many women Stop the silence after years and courageously come forward with their stories. Today, I shudder to think how many of these “Me too” statuses were because of the same vile men who repeated their actions – only because we were too scared to speak up.

So today, I choose to speak up and I won’t stop until Uber India takes responsibility for their non-existent driver verification and complete disregard for their passenger’s safety. I’m also taking this up with the cops to initiate action against this worthless excuse of a man.

Reshare if you’ve ever been in the same situation, known anyone who’s faced the same; If you’re as sick as I am of the supposed normalcy of these things. Re-share so that more women read this and maybe find the courage to speak up the next time they’re such a situation too.

Uber Responds:

Uber confirmed that their team is currently in the process of rectifying all driver profiles which have a single alphabet as their first name. The Uber is unaware of the exact route taken by the cab and the woman is still awaiting a response on this. Sharma is apparently not happy with Uber as they only fired the driver and apologised for the incident which, she said, is a very generic approach.