Sandeep Kumar, an Auckland taxi driver, has been sentenced to 3 months home detention for molesting two women in separate incidents, when he groped the women passengers in his cab. He has been reportedly sentenced to three months home detention so that he can support his wife and child.
The accused preyed on intoxicated young women who had trusted him to drive them home. The first incident took place in 2014, when he began massaging the leg of the front seat passenger. Kumar asked her if she wanted to go "somewhere else" but she declined and he dropped her home. Nine months later he repeated the same act with another female victim.
"People should be able to catch taxis without the threat of offending against them. It should be a safe way for young women to get home at night," the NZ court observed.
The judge, keeping in mind that Kumar supported his wife and 18-month-old child, ordered the 28-year-old to three months on home detention.
In New Zealand the home detention is an alternative to full-time imprisonment. In this sentence, a person is confined in his or her residence by the authorities.