Uber driver held for lewd behaviour with woman passenger in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: A driver of cab aggregator Uber was on Thursday arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a woman passenger working with a software company two days ago.

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The police action came after a message about the lewd behaviour was uploaded on social media by the woman's brother who said the driver misbehaved by 'touching himself' in an inappropriate manner several times while waiting at a traffic signal on Tuesday, police said.

"On the basis of the message updated on social media, we have taken a complaint from the woman and filed an FIR," DCP, South-East Division M B Boralingaiah said. He said further investigation was on. "After getting into the taxi in HSR layout and while heading towards SG Palya, the driver stopped the car many times on the slow moving track before the silk board signal," her brother alleged.

While waiting at the signal the driver started to touch himself inappropriately while the car was stationary, and then until reaching the destination, he kept trying to do so, he alleged.

Upon reaching the destination after confronting the driver about what he had done, he first denied any wrong-doing. "After telling him we'd file a complaint, he apologised," he said, adding that Uber had been made aware of the issue. Uber said it had spoken to both the rider and driver-partner.

"The driver partner was waitlisted immediately after we received the complaint from the rider. We have provided all the information that has been asked for with the authorities, to help them with their investigation," a Uber spokesperson said.

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