“Akdom chup! Toke kidnap kore rape kore debo” (Shut up, or I’ll rape you). Uber cab driver Santu Parmanik threatened the lady passenger who was riding in his cab. The passenger, a Jadavpur University student and her friend had booked a cab trough an app from the JD block located in Kolkata’s Salt Lake area, at around 10pm on Monday. “It was okay till my friend got down near Aranya Bhavan. Suddenly, the driver started speeding up and took a left where he didn’t need to,” the passenger told the Times of India.
“The lanes were deserted so I insisted on taking the main road. He agreed and continued to drive till FD block, where he again tried to enter a lane on the left,” the passenger added. While she protested, the driver said the lane would save time. The driver kept arguing about the route, and then drove past her designated drop point. “This alarmed me and I asked him to stop. Suddenly, he flew into a rage,” she recounted. The driver threatened to rape her if she uttered another word, she said, reported India Times.
The lady passenger jumped out of the auto and attacked the driver, landing kicks on his shin and the back of his knees before escaping, the Telegraph reported. “I had taken self-defence lessons in school around 15 years ago and all that training suddenly came in handy. I remembered that I had to hit him hard on his shin bone to stop him and kick the back of his knees to make him fall,” she told the newspaper. “I mustered all my strength and targeted his shin bone and the back of his knees.”
The driver was arrested soon after she made her police complaint. He was also driving rashly, and the woman says he threatened to dump her body after raping her, something he’d done to many other women. This was Uber’s response, “We have shared the driver and trip details with the police and will continue to support investigations as required. The driver has been blocked from using our platform. The background check conducted on the driver indicates no prior criminal record.”