November 21, 2018

Karachi woman jumps out of moving car after ‘harassment’ by ride-hailing service driver

News Source: Dawn

Writer: Imtiaz Ali

A woman on Saturday jumped out of a moving vehicle of a ride-hailing service on Karachi’s busy Shara-i-Faisal road after allegedly being harassed by the driver.

The woman remained safe during the incident and police have arrested the driver on charges of harassment, said City SSP Dr Samiullah Soomro, who is also the in-charge SSP of South district.

Both Uber and Careem have denied that the driver as associated with their respective companies.

A Careem spokeswoman said the driver in question was not registered with her company, while Uber’s official stance is that “the reported incident did not take place on Uber’s platform.

The woman was travelling to Saddar from Gulshan-i-Iqbal when she jumped out of the car near a five-star hotel on Shahrah-i-Faisal.

A police party rushed to the spot and brought both the driver and the woman to a police station, SSP Soomro told Dawn.

The woman in her statement claimed that she had jumped as the driver was allegedly harassing her. She did not suffer any injury during the episode.

“Everyone is entitled to get justice,” she said while describing the incident to reporters.

The driver has denied the harassment charges.

SSP Soomro said the Saddar police have registered a first information report (272/2018) against the driver on a complaint of the woman under Section 354 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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