Guwahati, June 21, 2019
Arman Ali, Executive Director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People recently shared a distressing tale of how he was allegedly harassed and pushed out by the driver of an Uber car and faced discriminated just because of disability in the Chennai city.
Ali on June 20th, 2019 took to his Facebook profile to share his ordeal where he wrote, “I was treated horribly and #discriminated against by @uber @uber_india in #chennai yesterday evening. I had booked the 1st Uber for the airport at 3 pm which I verbally confirmed with the driver. He kept me waiting for 10-15 minutes and then he cancelled the trip.”
As per his post, Ali had to face ‘discrimination’ even after booking another Uber cab which had arrived but refused to keep his wheelchair on the backseat and was allegedly pushed out of the car as the driver cancelled the trip.
Ali stated that due to the cancellations he lost a huge amount of time and by the time he reached the airport he found the counter already closed and missed his flight. He burnt a hole his pocket and bought a new ticket worth Rs 14,000 and wait for another 2 hours which eventually made him miss an important meeting which was scheduled for the same evening.
Ali wrote, “Sadly, this is not a new phenomenon. Every day, people with #disabilities face discrimination by uber in some form or the other. Even after India has signed the CRPD and even after the RPWD 2016 has been passed, there is still much discrimination against people with disabilities at every level.”
The post which has 106 shares till the filing of this report has been widely orated as netizens came out in full support for the activitist.
Ali who has also tagged the Prime Minister’s Office in his post has urged the American multinational transportation network company Uber to take stern action against the driver.