The driver of a private bus has been arrested on the charge of molesting a woman passenger.

The assault occurred inside a Belgaum-bound sleeper bus from Bangalore, belonging to Seabird Tours and Travels, at 3 a.m. on Saturday, the police said. Passengers were woken up by the screams of the petrified woman who had boarded the bus in Bangalore. Her husband had requested the driver, Saleem Pathan (38), to help her alight at Athani. When the bus stopped at Haveri for a break around 2.15 a.m. and drivers switched seats, with the other driver, Yaseen, taking over.

The victim was asleep in her curtained berth when Pathan alleged groped her, the police said. Enraged passengers asked Mr. Yaseen to drive to the nearest police station and handed over Pathan, who is now in judicial custody.