A woman in Delhi was raped on Friday allegedly by a taxi driver who is now missing. - - - The woman in her complaint said that after getting into the cab last night, she fell asleep and woke up to find the car parked at a secluded spot. The driver then allegedly raped her. She told the police that the driver then dropped her near her home in north Delhi after threatening to kill her if she spoke of the matter to anybody. "The woman clicked a photograph of the car's number plate and then made a PCR call to report the incident," a police officer said.
When an Uber driver is requested via its app, the user is shown a photo of the driver along with his phone number when he is en route. In this case, the suspect's phone was allegedly not registered in his own name. Uber uses GPS installed on drivers' phones to track their locations, but the driver had switched off his phone.
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With the fare charged by the new-age cabs becoming comparable to what is charged by the auto, one had begun to patronise them more and more in place of the auto. And, as for the women folk, the additional incentive were the safety aspects, in the belief that they had fool-proof driver back-ground check as also vehicle tracking systems in place. This unfortunate incident has exposed the gaps, and thereby lowered their credibility. One, however, hopes that the lessons have been learned, and that the systems will be revamped to ensure that such mishaps do not recurr in future.
Going by the report "the woman clicked a photograph of the car's number plate and then made a PCR call to report the incident". Now, supposing the woman had taken the picture before boarding the cab, and in full view of the driver (and may be "watsapped" it to her next of kin), one can perhaps be reasonably sure that the driver wouldn't have dared to do what he did.
As such, perhaps that's what all women need to do in future. And, in order that the driver lot do not take offence to the practice, perhaps the city Police Commissioner can issue a formal open statement advising women passengers to do so, may be citing the Delhi incident.
Either way, I am going to be suggesting to the women folk in my family to adopt the practice right away, and if a driver takes offence, to say thank you and walk away.