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Uber cabbie arrested for molesting foreigner

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Mumbai: Mumbai police on Friday arrested a 36-year-old Uber cab driver, from near his home in the Pydhonie area of South Mumbai, for molesting an Italian national. The victim, who had come to Mumbai two months ago for work, and was residing at her friend’s palce in the Pali Hill area of Bandra.

According to the police, she had booked a cab at around 11.30 pm to head to Versova from Khar. She was staying at a friend’s place in the Pali Hill area of Bandra. Sherwani, who was driving a Swift Dzire with registration number MH-47C-7349, had reported to pick the victim up. Since the roads in Mumbai are horrible, he welcomed her to sit in the passenger seat up front with him. Although the victim refused the offer, it is learnt that Sherwani, claiming to be unable to see through the rear windows, subsequently stopped the vehicle at Juhu on the pretext of cleaning the dirty window. However, the accused just got into the rear seat where the victim was seated and tried to touch her inappropriately.

Following the alarm raised by the doctor, the driver got out and then dropped her off at her destination in Versova. She soon approached the Santacruz police station. Meanwhile, Sherwani has been charged under sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC and will be produced in court.

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