In a horrifying incident, a 12-year-old girl was reportedly gang-raped and strangled by two men in an Ola cab in Kolkata on Wednesday. According to reports, the body was found near a canal.
The accused have been arrested and according to police sources, the drivers confessed to picking up the girl from a footpath when they were drunk.
This is not a solitary incident which brings into question the safety and security of taxis run by cab aggregators like Ola and Uber but this is the first time that such a heinous crime has been reported in Kolkata.
According to Hindustan Times, Shankar Shaw and Guddu Singh told the police that they picked up the minor after they were drunk and were looking for some “merriment.”
After killing her, Shaw and Singh threw her body into a canal below the Park Circus flyover. “Around 5 AM we received information that a girl was picked up in a car. From traffic control room the number of the car was established,” Hindustan Times quoted a Kolkata Police officer as saying.
In December 2015, an Ola driver had raped a woman passenger in Delhi, according to this Firstpost article. The driver stopped the vehicle at a deserted location and raped the woman in the car, threatening to kill her if she told anyone.
In May, 2016 a Belgian national was allegedly molested by an Ola cab driver in Delhi.
Uber has been under the scanner since can driver Shiv Kumar Yadav raped a womanexecutive in Delhi on 5 December. According to the police, the woman had dozed off on the back seat of the car, and she later woke up to find that the car had stopped at a secluded spot. When she tried to raise an alarm, the driver is said to have assaulted and raped her.