In a shocking incident, A female passenger including her mother and aunt were harassed by a UBER cab driver named Jyotirmay Nath. The passenger booked the cab from Ganeshguri ,the pick up location she selected was near Golden furnishings, Ganeshguri and the cab was somewhere near Dispur dhaba and the driver said that he could be late so the passenger asked him to come near Gopal Boro High School and as soon as the cab arrived the passenger went near the cab and was waiting for her mother and aunt who were still crossing the road, the driver did not have any patience and by that time the girl’s mother and aunt arrived and the cab driver started misbehaving with the girl and asked the passenger to cancel the cab and started shouting at them saying “ Get out, I am not going to drop you”, the passenger still asked him to park the car and stop shouting but he didn’t stop. Later on the cab and the driver were taken to Hatiagon Police station.
This is not the first time that such incidents took place in Guwahati. Besides, Guwahati, in other parts of the country, women passengers have accused drivers of molesting, harassing, intimidating, snatching, etc. This incident has once again raised the issue of women’s safety in Assam.
Last year, Union Minster Maneka Gandhi has said female passengers could directly approach the Women and Child Development ministry if they face problems while using cabs.She tweeted-
“ Flag us if you face harassment of any form while being ferried by cabs”.