26 May 2019
Indians in New Delhi protest over alleged rape by Uber cab driver. Photo: AFP
Indians in New Delhi protest over alleged rape by Uber cab driver. Photo: AFP

Uber cab driver in India held as rape suspect

Indian police arrested an Uber cab driver suspected of raping a female passenger, Reuters reported.

They said they would take legal action against the US-based online taxi-calling service for failing to run background checks on him.

Police opened a rape investigation after the 26-year-old woman reported she had been sexually assaulted and beaten after hailing a ride home with the Uber driver from a social event late Friday in south Delhi.

The 32-year-old man dropped the woman home after attacking her and warned her not to inform the authorities. She managed to get the driver’s registration number and take a photograph of his cab, police said.

The suspect was held Sunday in his hometown in Uttar Pradesh, where his car was earlier found abandoned.

He was scheduled to be brought before a New Delhi court on Monday.

Delhi police deputy commissioner Madhur Verma said police would take legal action against Uber for violations including a failure to check whether the driver, named as Shiv Kumar Yadav, had a clean police record and the lack of a satellite location device in his car.

Uber said in a statement Sunday it had suspended the driver following the allegations, in line with company policy, and have provided the authorities with “all relevant details”, such as driver, vehicle and trip information.

Delhi is known as India’s “rape capital”, official data showing it had the highest number of rapes in the country last year.

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