In an incident of road rage, popular singer Vasundhara Das, was allegedly harassed and verbally abused by a driver in Bengaluru on Monday. Vasundhara filed a complaint with the Malleshwaram Police on Thursday stating that the man also followed her for more than 4km.
At around 4.30 pm on Monday, Vasundhara Das was in her car and had stopped at the signal near Bhashyam Circle. A cab was also waiting at the signal on Vasundhara’s left-hand side. Vasundhara was to take the road straight ahead and the driver in the Ethios car intended to turn right, Malleshwaram police say.
“When the traffic lights turned green, she headed straight, which prevented the cab driver to turn right. The driver then began following Vasundhara since he was angry about being cut off. He also began honking and shouting at her, demanding that she stop the car,” an officer at the Malleshwaram Police Station said.
When they reached Malleshwaram 18th Cross Road, the signal was red and both cars had to stop. The cab driver allegedly got out of the car, went up to Vasundhara and allegedly began screaming at her in vulgar language laced with sexual innuendoes.
“The driver asked her to step out of the car and he was hurling abuses at her. When the signal turned green, she drove away. He followed her and cornered her once again at another signal on 13th Cross Road. Since a lot of other drivers stopped to confront him, he sped away,” the police added.
The police have registered an FIR under sections 354 (assault with intent to outrage the modesty of a woman), 341 (wrongful restraint), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC.
The police are looking for the unidentified man, who they believe is absconding.