Uber driver lets stranger in cab, pregnant woman's ride turns horrific

Updated: Nov 06, 2019, 13:21 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Thirty-one-year-old Prerna Mishra, who is six months pregnant, had booked a cab around 8pm from her workplace to her home.

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This image has been used for representational purposes only.

A senior analyst with an IT firm in Powai had a horrific 20-minute Uber ride from Powai to her Vikhroli residence on Monday, after the driver stopped the vehicle and allowed a stranger to board it despite her objections.

Uber has said that it has "waitlisted the driver partner", according to a Times of India report.

Thirty-one-year-old Prerna Mishra, who is six months pregnant, had booked a cab around 8pm from her workplace to her home. The report said that despite her warnings to stop the cab, the driver refused to do so, while telling her not to worry. He was identified as Arun.

However, Mishra did not register a complaint with the police. She told TOI that she did not want to stress herself by visiting the police station. "The incident has already left me scared. After I narrated what happened to my husband, he raised a complaint with Uber. They have informed us that his service has been barred," she was quoted as saying in the report.

She travels by aggregator cabs regularly and told the daily that this is the first time that such an incident has taken place. The woman said, "Within four minutes of my request, I was allotted a cab and I got in. After a while, the driver stopped and let a stranger enter the cab. He sat in the front seat." She further said as she was uncomfortable, she asked the driver to stop and raised objections, but he asked her not to worry.

"I rolled down my window and tried calling my husband. The driver told me that the contract for the ride was actually assigned to the stranger, but he did not have a license, which is why he was driving. He requested that I do not register a complaint with Uber," she was quoted as saying in the report. The stranger then got off at Godrej Colony gate after he noticed security guards.

Sohani Mishra, the woman's sister-in-law said, "Prerna was in shock and her blood pressure had dropped after the incident. Uber has said they have taken necessary action, but it is frightening."

An Uber spokesperson told TOI, "What's been described has no place on our app and is a clear violation of our community guidelines. We have reviewed the matter and waitlisted the driver partner."

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