India sentences Uber taxi driver to life in prison

Indian court has sentenced Uber taxi driver to life in prison for raping woman passenger

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Former Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav being escorted by police

A court in India has sentenced an Uber driver to life in prison for raping a young woman passenger in New Delhi, in a case that displayed the dangers faced by women from violent sex attackers.

"Keeping in view the facts and evidences in the case, I sentence Shiv Kumar Yadav, to rigorous life imprisonment,” Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja told the court.

Driver Shiv Kumar Yadav was convicted of raping and abducting the 25-year-old passenger, who was going home after having dinner with her friends in December. Although he was convicted last month, sentencing was delayed due to a shortage of police officers in the Indian capital. 

Uber was officially banned in Delhi following the attack.

Indian students protest against the rape in New Delhi, India, Oct. 18, 2015. (AP)

Increasing number of assaults, especially sexual violence has alarmed and become a major concern for the general public.

After the horrific rape and murder of a young physiotherapist in 2012 in Delhi, mass protests took place across the country.

India recorded 36,735 rape cases in 2014, with 2,096 of them in Delhi alone.


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