It may not be Uber cool, but a masturbating driver is any day preferable to a raping one!

Posted on by Aditya Wilson
 
  

If there were only two taxis available and I had to take a pick between a driver who might masturbate while driving, and one who had the potential to rape me, I’d go with the former. With India facing problems related to the safety of women who travel alone in taxis, I’d rather rest assured with the one whose only crime, as far as I can see, is having no qualms about masturbating in the open.

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It must be terribly embarrassing for the driver who was arrested after a woman complained that he masturbated while he was driving on the streets of Kolkata, but it’s not the worst crime we have seen. Can we look at this purely practically, without getting too emotional?

So a guy, clinically suffering from sex starvation, I would imagine, masturbated while driving, with a young woman passenger at the back. Leave aside the impropriety and the offensive nature of the act for a moment, and imagine how unbearable his urge for release must have been? He couldn’t hold, he had to get the lust out of his head and his system before it turned him into a monster.

He could have raped, like quite a few Uber Cab drivers have done. He could have tried to molest her after he took a longer, more uninhabited route, may be squeeze her breasts and pinch her at the back, just to quench his sexual thirst. But he took the matters in his own hand and dealt with it, then and there!

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The woman naturally felt affronted. She felt that Pintu Yadav, the Uber cab driver, violated her modesty and polluted her mind with such vulgarity. It was surely a bad experience. But she was always safe in the cab. Pintu didn’t even once threaten to rape her. Yes, the act was shocking and disgusting. It was also an act that only a disturbed mind could have committed. It is clearly a clinical problem and must be investigated by the authorities, bring in the medical people. If he has psychological issues, then the State should try to address that first, rather than operating on the surface and arresting the driver. The job’s not done yet.

What if he comes out after serving his time in jail and does it again? We cannot undo what happened, but we can certainly prevent it from happening again.

As you read this, the lady passenger would have moved on. In fact, this incident would add to her collection of shocking stories to share with friends, not a bad thing to have in your repertoire, actually, if only in hindsight.

Pintu’s fate is sealed, though. India does not have the culture of getting into the root cause of various issues that afflict our society today. We need to correct this. Otherwise, there will always be more and more incidents of such antisocial and felonious nature. Many people, who commit a crime or behave indecently, are repeat offenders. Open their history sheets and you will often see them there. The issue was never resolved. The criminal’s mindset, why he did what he did, was never addressed and worked upon. We simply put them under lock and key and forget about them.

Pintu will find it very difficult to earn a decent living now. This is the curse of our society. The man, in a moment of extreme sexual need, commits an improper act and we leave him scarred forever. It’s really a pity that we have forgotten how to forgive, how to show compassion for those who can’t do any better. Certainly, people who rape and kill must be punished for their crimes. They are a different breed, but.

I am talking about people who do what they do because they don’t have anyone to tell them what’s better. There are categories, people with all sorts of backgrounds. Some are mentally-stricken, others can’t help it because of their addiction to sex, perhaps. These are not normal people, like you and me. What shocks us is normal for them. I believe the State should show compassion and give them another chance at life. Only this time, the right way.

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Banning cab services is not the solution, either. We need to ensure that the background check is watertight and beyond any loophole. We should ensure that the Cab Services’ hiring process is so strict that nothing escapes their eyes.

Ashwin Dias, general manager, Uber, has reacted strongly, promising action against poor Pintu. I recommend they first make their hiring process more responsible and severe when it came to spotting anything out of line in the driver’s background.

That will, to a large extent, take care of the problem.

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