Delhi Uber Rape Case: The woman who was allegedly raped by Shiv Kumar Yadav, Uber India Taxi Driver; hired a prominent lawyer to sue the online cab booking service in U.S. courts.
The woman was a financial executive in India, and her name has been kept anonymous for the fact that Indian laws enforce to maintain the identity of the rape victim a secret. She hired Douglas Wigdor, who is among the top 100 trial, labor, and employment lawyers.
“I can confirm that I have been retained by the young lady who was raped by a Uber driver in Delhi, India, last December,” Wigdor said.
He further added, “We will use all of our resources to vindicate my client’s rights, hold those responsible for their actions and ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”
Indian authorities in New Delhi brought the services of the American-based company to a halt. All the operations of that company in the capital, have been banned for an unknown period.
On January 8, 2015, the woman successfully identified Shiv Kumar Yadav as the one who brutally raped her while she was exiting from Tis Hazari District’s courtroom and has given her statement in a recording before the magistrate.
According to IANS, she said, “the accused had threatened and slapped her while committing rape upon her.” She further added there was a cloud of unconsciousness which restricted her awareness, however, when all the senses were regained; the cab was standing in an isolated area.
After the identification of suspect by the victim, the cab driver went on a trial and the court filed charges against him in under sections 376(2)(m) (while committing rape causing grievous bodily harm or endangering life of a woman), 366 (kidnapping or abducting woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.
Uber is an app-based transportation network and taxi company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company operates in several cities in more than 50 countries. The company has faced a range of challenges in recent months:
- Taxi drivers allege Uber has an unfair advantage and stage roadblock protests and strikes in cities across the world.
- Regulatory problems and legal challenges to its business model lead to national bans in Thailand and Spain, and local bans in India, Germany, and the US.
- Two Uber drivers charged with sex assault in Chicago, US in separate incidents
- At the Annual Conference of Indian Economic Association, Reserve Bank of India Chief, Raghuram Ranjan said that, the company has violated the country’s financial laws as they are using overseas payment system.