In­dia Uber driver guilty of rape

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

An In­dian court has found an Uber taxi driver guilty of rap­ing a fe­male pas­sen­ger last year in Delhi.

Shiv Ku­mar Ya­dav has also been con­victed of crim­i­nal in­tim­i­da­tion and kid­nap­ping. He had pleaded not guilty.

A 26-year-old woman was taken to a se­cluded area and raped af­ter book­ing a jour­ney home with Uber in De­cem­ber.

Delhi later banned Uber and sev­eral other web-based taxi firms, ac­cus­ing them of fail­ing to carry out ad­e­quate driver checks.

The com­pany apol­o­gised for the in­ci­dent at the time and ac­knowl­edged that it “must do bet­ter”.

The pres­i­dent of Uber In­dia, Amit Jain, wel­comed the ver­dict.

“Sex­ual as­sault is a ter­ri­ble crime and we’re pleased he has now been brought to jus­tice. Safety is a pri­or­ity for Uber and we’ve made many im­prove­ments - in terms of new tech­nol­ogy, en­hanced back­ground checks and bet­ter 24/7 cus­tomer sup­port - as a re­sult of the lessons we learned from this aw­ful case.”

The woman had also filed a law­suit against the ser­vice in a US court, which was later set­tled out of court.

The is­sue of sex­ual as­sault has been high on the agenda in In­dia since a 23-year-old stu­dent was gang-raped and mur­dered on a bus in Delhi in De­cem­ber 2012.

The case prompted global out­rage and a tight­en­ing of laws on sex­ual vi­o­lence.

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