Indian Uber cab driver found guilty of rape

Indian court convicts Uber cab driver for raping female passenger in last December and over three other charges

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Indian police escort former Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav following his court appearance in New Delhi on December 8, 2014

An Indian public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava announced on Tuesday that a former cab driver of the United States-based ride-hailing company Uber, Shiv Kumar Yadav, was found guilty of raping a young female passenger in the Indian capital New Delhi last year.

"He has been convicted and found to be guilty for all charges against him, which include rape," Shrivastava said.

The rape occurred on the night of December 2, 2014 as the survivor booked a trip with Uber to her house in Inderlok, New Delhi after having a dinner with friends.

On December 7, 2015 the 32-year-old cab driver Yadav was arrested in Mathura. Yadav is expected to be sentenced on October 23, after being convicted on four charges including rape, abduction, criminal intimidation and causing harm.

Verdict welcomed

President of Uber India, Amit Jain, stated on Tuesday that they welcome the court verdict saying "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 ... as a result of the lessons we learned from this awful case."

The Uber, banned from operating in Indian capital only three days after the incident, apologised for the incident saying it must have done better. It has been resumed its service in Delhi since the beginning of 2015.

Members of All India Students Association (AISA) held protest against recent rapes in Delhi on October 18, 2015

Safety for women in India

Rape has become awfully common in India as the country recorded 36,735 rape cases in 2014, almost 3,000 of which took place in Delhi alone.

Last week, a two-year-old toddler was raped in west Delhi’s Nihal Vihar area. In addition to an eight-year-old girl raped by her uncle in Utter Pradesh, another young girl was gang raped and killed in West Singhbhum in Zarkhand.

Girish Kulkarni, the founder of Snehalaya, an international development organization based in India, said “The recent series of rapes and gang rapes in India is absolutely disgusting and raises some basic questions of human rights in Indian society."

"But those horrific attacks were incidences of many," said Kulkarni. 

“In my Ahmednagar district, there have been four such incidents registered in last 15 days. If we think of the 600 district in 29 states in India, the picture and scale of the violence affecting women and children in India is horrifying.”

TRTWorld and agencies