Uber and other ride-hailing applications seem to be getting more dangerous by the day in Pakistan, especially for women.
Aman Inam posted a bone-chilling experience her cousin had with Uber Pakistan which left her shaken. Her cousin who is based in Lahore took an Uber ride from Bahria Town, and as always directed the driver to take the Ring Road.
Once on the Ring Road, she noticed her driver was driving at 60KM per hour while the limit was 80KM per hour. She asked her driver to drive faster since the limit on Ring Road was different. He challenged her claim by asking her to show her where it said the speed limit on Ring Road was more, to which she replied that she knew since she took the route every day.
This is when things took a turn for the worse.
The driver yelled at her and asked her to get off his car. She told him she couldn’t do that since she wouldn’t be able to find another ride on Ring Road. When he saw that she was reluctant, he stopped the car and got off. And now things get scarier by the second.
An incident with Uber Pakistan which needs special attention right away. This is my cousin who is narrating what really…
He went to the door and forced it open, once he had done that he took a hold of her arm and dragged her out of the car. In this process, she fell and hurt her left arm. She quickly got up because she remembered that her bag was in the car and in the same moment, the driver grabbed her things and threw them on the road with her.
And if that wasn’t enough, he slapped her two or three times and then got in the car and sped off.
Luckily, a kind couple was passing by a few minutes later and stopped to help her out. Aman’s cousin then proceeded to go to Uber Pakistan’s offices to complain to them but was told that the company could not release the driver’s information to her but would take action on their own.
And of course, she was not satisfied by that assurance since Uber Pakistan is notorious for failing to follow up with customers.
Apart from being mentally and physically hurt, her cell phone’s screen and camera were also shattered in the process.
Aman and her cousin are now asking people for help to locate the driver so they can pursue an investigation against him on their own. Ride-hailing apps have a responsibility to provide safe rides and reliable drivers to customers but are increasingly failing to deliver on this promise.
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