Rapido auto driver sexually assaults Bengaluru woman, throws her out of vehicle

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS): A Bengaluru woman was sexually assaulted by a Rapido auto driver on Wednesday and was thrown out of the moving vehicle when she defended herself.

One of the woman's friends, Ankur Bagchi, described the incident on X, encouraging others not to use the ride-hailing platform.

"Rapido enables sexual predators. Do not use Rapido. One of my friends got sexually assaulted last night by a @rapidobikeapp auto driver. She was touched inappropriately and when she pushed back, she was thrown out of a moving auto," Bagchi wrote on Thursday.

He went on to say that when the woman called Rapido for assistance, they stated that they did not keep records of auto drivers who worked for them and that it was not their problem.

The user then sought assistance from others in locating the driver. "She reached out to Rapido to resolve this and they said sorry, we don't store auto driver details, not our problem. We're working on sorting this out, but in the meantime she needs medical care. If you have any leads on how we can find this guy, ping me," he wrote.

Bagchi's post received numerous retweets and comments, but most importantly, a response from the city police, who asked for more information.

In July, police arrested a Rapido driver, who misbehaved with a woman passenger during the ride and even afterwards harassed her over the phone.

The woman, Athira Purushothaman had taken to X (then Twitter) on July 21 stating that she had gone for the Manipur violence protest at Town Hall and booked a Rapido auto to go home from the venue. However, after several cancellations, she decided to take a Rapido bike back home. She said that as they reached an isolated area -- with no other vehicles around, the driver began masturbating.



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  • Sagar Shetty, Kottara chowki

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    The land of kamasutra doesn't have licenced brothels is an insult to our great heritage.. I hope some major party will have it in their election manifesto next time...

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  • Ayesha, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    Don't go by the 6 year old's example given by somebody you think is supreme?

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    indian men are starved of sex...only solution introduce licensed brothels...managed by govt health authorities like in west.....

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    Kujumji; only illegal for name sake, operation s** going on in full swing 24/7; 😲 it's like an industry in itself 😀 providing employment to many people thanks to the patrons!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    Do they have license to Rape ...

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  • Naresh, Kerala

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    Is this what Rapido meant by their tagline “Bike wale Taxi Sabse SAXI”….. Firstly, the idiot should be bobbitised ….. Secondly, if the Rapido company is not taking the ownership of the drivers, then ban Rapido just as what AAP Government in Delhi did….. AAP Government in Delhi took the matter to the Supreme Court and banned two wheelers for commercial use till the formulation of a policy for such vehicles, wherein the drivers should undergo police verification and GPS devices / Panic buttons are installed in the vehicles….. Use of two wheelers for commercial use was not allowed earlier, later some of the states like Goa, Haryana, Telangana, Karnataka started allowing bikes for commercial use. Except Goa, no Government formulated any police on usage of two wheelers for commercial use.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    This is not first time women from Bangalore are sexuelly assaulted or still going on .No proper help from Rapido people?Why cant govt.help in such cases?File case against Rapido institute or owners.All women should get together and hold a protest against such people.Shame on them .Govt anyway shows no reaction against such sexuell assaults..Better people should self get together and act against such one take always something with you spray or that makes one attacker to flee.Dont sit back.

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