Kolkata: Bengali television actress Swastika Dutta has filed a police complaint about alleged harassment by an app-based cab driver on Wednesday.
Recalling the ordeal, Swastika Dutta said was thrown out of the car by the Uber driver, a certain Jamshed, midway during her trip.
“This actually happened to me, I was humiliated, I was literally thrown out of the car the reason was I had booked Uber service from my home to my studio (Dassani 2, Rania) exactly at 8.15am, today, this guy named Jamshed, after picking me up from my location suddenly in the middle of the road cancelled the trip and asked me to get down from the car,” Swastika Dutta wrote on Facebook and shared a photograph of the driver, his phone number and the number plate of the cab.
Swastika continued, “When I refused, he suddenly turned the car to an opposite direction and took me to his locality and started abusing me. He got down from the car, opened the door and literally pulled me out… when I lost my temper and started asking for help he threatened me and called other boys.”
“Since I was getting late for my shooting and my unit was waiting for me I had to rush from the incident spot. Later, I spoke to my dad and whatever legal action is needed I shall pursue,” Swastika said.
The actress went on to say that the whole incident happened in front of Devdas Restaurant (EM Bypass) UttarPanchana Gram (VIP Bazar) on Wednesday morning between 8.15-8.45.
“I was harassed and I am still in shock, this has never happened to me before,” Swastika said.
The driver, Jamshed, has been arrested by the police.
An Uber spokesperson said on the issue, “What’s been described is deeply concerning. This is a clear violation of the safety standards set by our community guidelines, and we have removed the driver’s access to the app. We stand ready to support law enforcement authorities in their investigations.”