A 20-year old private university student was allegedly molested by a ride-hailing service driver at a secluded, vacant shop lot area in Taman Tronoh University.

According to a report in NST, a 29-year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. It is believed that the driver was on his way to drop the girl off at her hostel in Batu Gajah Perdana Pusing at 6.45pm.

Batu Gajah police chief, Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Adnan Basri, said that the university student booked the ride through her mobile application and got into the car once it arrived to pick her up.

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The driver of the car, a Proton Saga BLM, ended up stopping at an empty shop lot area and proceeded to get into the backseat where the girl was seated.

Assistant Commissioner Ahmad said that the man went on to force the victim to touch his private parts but was refused and pushed away by the student.

A struggled ensued, after which the man went back to the driver seat and continued driving to the destination. The victim also received a warning not to let anyone know about the incident, including the police.

The girl made a police report nonetheless which triggered the arrest and the seizure of the vehicle used by the man in the ride-hailing service.

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The case is being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code for assault or use of criminal force onto a person with intention to outrage modesty, punishable with imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or with a fine or whipping.

 

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