Journalist assaulted by Uber Share co-passenger

June Paul.

June Paul.  


Police register NC , Uber to share details after initial reluctance

Mumbai: A city-based journalist has approached the police after allegedly being assaulted by a woman co-passenger while travelling in an Uber Share taxi on Monday. A Non-Cognisable offence has been registered by NM Joshi Marg police station in the matter.

According to the police, the incident occurred near Lower Parel when June Paul was on her way to work. In a Facebook post later the same day, Ms. Paul said her co-passenger was hostile from the beginning of the ride. “She began yelling at the driver saying she’s paying the most, despite which she is the last to be dropped. When I tried to intervene, I was verbally abused. Reasoning with her was futile; she called me all sorts of names and tried to provoke me,” she said in her post.

She claims the matter escalated when the co-passenger rudely told her to remove her bag from the hand rest between the seats. Ms. Paul placed it in the front passenger, but the co-passenger allegedly continued abusing her with racial slurs. By this time, the cab had reached Urmi Industrial Estate in Lower Parel.

Ms. Paul claimed in her post that she was physically assaulted, leaving her injured, before entering Urmi Industrial Estate. Seeing her in tears, a crowd gathered. “The guard of Urmi Estate came to my rescue and asked me to file a police complaint immediately. The Uber driver accompanied her to NM Joshi Marg police station, where she narrated her ordeal.

“We have registered an NC and charged the co-passenger with assault and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace,” Senior PI Ahmed Pathan, NM Joshi Marg police station, said. Ms Paul also alleged in her post that Uber refused to share details of the co-passenger, citing customer privacy, when the police called them. Confirming this, Mr. Pathan said, “Uber was initially reluctant to share details, but agreed to do so later. They will be sending us the information by Tuesday. We are also in the process of obtaining CCTV footage from the area.”

An Uber spokesperson said, “What’s been described today is deeply upsetting and is completely against our community guidelines. The co-rider in question cannot access the app. We’ve reached out to law enforcement authorities to offer any information that could be helpful in their proceedings. We stand ready to support their investigation into this incident.”

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