Gurgaon: A 28-year-old woman from Haryana's Gurgaon took to Twitter on Tuesday to narrate her ordeal on how she had to jump from a moving auto-rickshaw out of fear of abduction.
In a long thread posted on Twitter, the woman detailed an alleged attempt to kidnap her by an autorickshaw driver in the city near Delhi while on her way back from the market on Sunday afternoon.
Nishtha Paliwal, whose Twitter bio says she is a communications professional, said that the incident happened at Gurgaon Sector 22, an area just seven minutes away from her home.
In the tweet, the alleged the autorickshaw driver deliberately took a wrong turn and continued to drive towards an unfamiliar road. Although she protested, the driver did not respond.
"Yesterday was one of the scariest days of my life as I think I was almost abducted/ kidnapped. I don't know what it was, it's still giving me chills. Arnd 12:30 pm, I took an auto from the auto stand of a busy market Sec 22 (Gurgaon) for my home which is like 7 mins away," Nishtha tweeted.
"I told auto driver that I will do Paytm as I don't have cash and looking at his setup which looked like he drives for Uber, I thought he will be pretty much okay with that. He agreed and I sat in the auto. He was listening to devotional music at a reasonable volume," she said.
She alleged that when they arrived at a T point from where one has to take right for the sector she lives in, she questioned the driver. However he didn't respond to it and instead started shouting God's name. Nishtha also added that she don't want to specify the religion as it was not related to any religion.
" I hit him 8-10 times on his left shoulder but nothing. The only thought that came to my mind - jump out," she said.
She tweeted that she was left with no option than yo jump from the vehicle although the speed of the rikshaw was 30-40 km/h
"Speed was 35-40 and before he speeds up, jumping out was the only option. I thought broken bones are better than getting lost. And I jumped out of the moving auto! I don't know how I got that courage," she tweeted.
A few hours after the tweet, Nishtha updated that Jitender Yadav, a police officer from Gurgaon's Palam Vihar, has assured her that they will trace the autorickshaw driver.
Nishtha said she couldn't note down the autorickshaw's number amid the big scare. The police would likely use CCTV footage from the area to trace the driver.