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Chennai College student faces sexual assault by an auto driver; alleges driver pressed her breast

English NewsChennai College student faces sexual assault by an auto driver; alleges driver pressed her breast

A young woman shared her bad experience in Chennai last night on her Twitter page. A journalism student, Twitter handle, through a series of tweets, narrated about the ordeal she went through after travelling in an auto with her friend. She was sexually assaulted by the auto driver, after her ride and she managed to file a complaint about the incident.

Allegations are made that there is no security for women who go out not only at night but also during the day.

The girl Tweeted, “I’m a student journalist at @ACJIndia, Chennai. An @Uber Auto driver named Selvam, sexually assaulted me by pressing my right breast, near Ibis OMR Hotel, when my friend and I returned from East Coast Madras to the hotel.@PoliceTamilnadu.”

The incident occurred while my friend was making the payment and I was stepping out of the auto. To fight back, I screamed.We also tried to stop him but somehow he managed to escape. I immediately called the police but there was no response.@mkstalin @vijaypnpa_ips,” She added.

She further added, “After waiting for 30 mins, an inspector along with a man came to the hotel to investigate. He asked us to wait till the morning to file an FIR , as there was NO lady officer at the station. “It’s an order by the government” he said, when asked about the lady officer.”

She added, “He was also not letting us go to the police station to file an offline FIR. But we still managed to go to the Semmencherry Police Station, along with two hotel employees. Also, the station in charge did not let us enter the police station as women are NOT allowed during night.”

“I had to file the complaint outside the station. Also, the station incharge gave us an A4 sheet to write an application instead of an FIR. (Usually, the Police ask you to file an application instead of an FIR, to suppress the matter and to avoid the work load).@vijaypnpa_ips,” She said.

“I’ve been asked to visit the Lady Police Officer today post 9 A.M. (they also denied sharing her number with us). As of now I’ve filed an online FIR. @whl181 @NCWIndia,” She further added.

She again added, “The details of the auto driver are as mentioned :- Full Name – Selvam Gothandam. Transaction id on PhonePay- (t2209252223415079516216 [email protected] , icici bank) Uber Number : (+91443579307).”
Her last Tweet read, “As per the evidences, he’s punishable under section 354 and 506 of IPC. It was so traumatic that my friend and I still cannot process it. The fact that he had the audacity to ‘smirk’ while I was screaming at him.I don’t think I can ever forget his face.”
Notably, Crimes against women are on the rise in India. In particular, sexual crimes have increased significantly in recent years.

Responding to the complaint, Uber came up with reply saying “Hey Ishita, this is concerning. Please share the registered details via Direct Message with which the trip was requested. We’ll follow up”

“Case registered in Semmanchery Ps. We are searching for the auto driver” read the reply of Tambaram Police and the last update of Ishita which was provided three hours ago as now reads “Currently filing a detailed petition at Chemmanchery Police Station. So far the Police has been cooperative. They have extracted his details, including his address. However, he has still not been arrested”


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