news Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 05:30
  A Mangaluru woman has alleged that she was harassed by taxi drivers at the Mangaluru International Airport recently because she had booked an Ola cab instead of hiring one of their taxis.  The 27-year-old IT professional was in Bengaluru for work related purpose on June 12, when she got to know that her father-in-law was critical, following which she rushed to Mangaluru.  According to a Bangalore Mirror report, the woman's family had booked her an Ola cab from the airport. But when she reached the airport, she saw taxi drivers in the airport manhandling the Ola driver.  She said in her statement, "No airport personnel came to our rescue. The group of taxi drivers also abused me badly. I contacted my husband who in turn managed to contact the driver and convinced him to wait for me outside the collection gate of the airport. When I started walking towards that point, the taxi drivers started chasing me. On noticing this, the cab driver ran away. I had no option but to run from the group of 'gunda' drivers who chased me for almost two kilometres. They hurled filthy abuses at me, threatened to kill me and attempted to molest me. They claimed that they had the support of airport authorities and Bajpe police station. They even said that the 'local police as well as the airport authorities were in their pockets'." An auto friver later helped her get home, and her father-in-law had passed away by then.  The woman has complained to the women's cell of Mangaluru police and case has been booked under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman). However, Walter D Cunha, vice-president of Airport Taxi Association, told Bangalore Mirror that they did stop the driver stating that Ola did not have the permission to enter the airport premises. He however declined harassing the woman. Ola reportedly has been facing opposition from taxi drivers in Mangaluru because of the lower rates they charge from customers.