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Delhi Cab Rape Case: Safety of Women Still a Mirage in Country

The private cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, who allegedly raped a 27-year-old executive on Friday night, has been arrested in Mathura on Sunday. As this comes as the second shocking incident after Delhi gang rape of 2012, the safety of women in the city should be questioned.

The incident throws light on how safe women in the country are. It paves way for questioning what safety women in the country have. There are hundreds of people, who use cab services in the city but the incident proved there is no security provided for their life. The cab/taxi companies seem to have no details of the driver in the present case, as the accused was not even verified.

The 32-year-old was working for Uber, the US-based cab firm. He has been allegedly raped a women who was heading back to her home in Delhi, after work. She had been raped and then dropped off near her home.

The accused, however, has been arrested from his native, Mathura. Meanwhile, Delhi Police had declared an amount of Rs one lakh for the arrest of the accused. Amid, as per police, the cab did not have a GPS tracker as well as the accused did not have a driving licence issued by the Delhi Transport Authority and he was not verified.

Meanwhile, Uber is likely to get involved in the case for its negligence. They were responsible to verify his identity and details provided by him while he joined the cab service, which they failed to do.

However, regarding the incident that took place on Friday, Uber spokeswoman, Evelyn Tay, reportedly said, “Our thoughts are with the victim of this terrible crime and we are working with the police as they investigate. We will assist them in any way we can. It is also our policy to immediately suspend a driver’s account following allegations of a serious incident, which we have done.”

She added, “Safety is Uber’s highest priority and in India, we work with licenced driver-partners to provide a safe transportation option, with layers of safeguards such as driver and vehicle information, and ETA-sharing to ensure there is accountability and traceability of all trips that occur on the Uber platform.”

Another issue regarding the case is that the accused seems to be a recidivist as he had been earlier arrested and charged with sexual assault case in 2011, where he had spent seven months in Tihar jail.

However, Yadav will be produced to the court in Delhi today, on Monday.


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