Taxi driver detained for masturbating inside car while transporting London resident and friend

A taxi driver has been arrested by Delhi police for allegedly masturbating inside his vehicle while transporting two women, including a UK-based lawyer, to their hotel in Dhaula Kuan, in southwest Delhi, police said on Sunday.

DCP (South West) Manoj C. said the taxi driver, identified as Maakhan Lal, from Lalganj district in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested by police on the basis of suo-motu action, after the victim, a 23-year-old London resident, refused to press charges against the accused.

The incident happened around 10am on Friday when the woman booked a taxi through a taxi app from Indira Gandhi International Airport to a 5-star hotel in Dhaula Kuan.

“As they drove to their destination, the taxi driver began to masturbate inside the car. The woman and her friend saw him in the act and raised objections to his actions,” a said a senior police officer.

However, the accused continued to misbehave and threatened the victim not to file a complaint with the police, a source said.

The DCP said the two women had come to India to visit Delhi and Rajasthan. “The women booked a flight within four hours of the incident and returned to the UK,” police said, adding that the accused was arrested based on the woman’s oral statement.

The taxi driver is believed to have worked with the ride-sharing app for the past six months, before which he worked with another company, police said.

In June this year, Delhi police arrested a 40-year-old Gurugram resident for flaunting his genitals to a 21-year-old woman at Jor Bagh metro station. The woman had taken to social media to recount her ordeal, following which the police filed a complaint and arrested the accused.

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