New Delhi(First Post): In December 2011, a 22-year-old woman working as a pub employee in Gurgaon was allegedly raped by a certain Shiv Kumar in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area.
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“The victim, who works at a Gurgaon bar, had hired a cab from outside the Sahara Mall there after work around 3.30 am,” police officials had said then.
The victim, when she first approached the police, said her chain was snatched by the cab driver, but she came back the next morning and said she was sexually assaulted.
The police said a PCR van stationed at the picket and an officer from the local police chased the vehicle all the way to Saket only to return empty-handed an hour later. “However, in the morning, the complainant again came to the local police station and alleged that she had been raped by the cab driver. She said he had driven her to a farmhouse in Mehrauli and forced himself upon her,” the officer said, according to this Hindustan Times report.
While the driver of the Uber cab claims he was acquitted in a 2011 case, the Delhi Police are still verifying his claims.
Breaking his silence, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said, “the spate of rapes in Delhi were unfortunate and there has to be a perceptional change,” adding that the government will take strict action in the case.
Activists from the Aam Aadmi Party,the Left and the Congress protested outside Singh’s official residence this morning and several of them were detained. Student wings of these parties – the NSUI, AISA as well as the Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union were seen protesting.
The Delhi Police, who are currently investigating the case, come directly under the Union Home Ministry.
The Uber cab driver who was arrested last evening was earlier arrested in a 2011 sexual assault case. Shiv Kumar Yadav served 7 months in Tihar jail but he was acquitted by the court.
The cab driver also did not possess a Delhi driving permit.
The cab driver will be presented before a magistrate this morning. He has reportedly confessed to the crime but his statement before the police is not admissible in court. He will have to make a statement before the court today, where the police will seek his custody.
Seeking to gain political mileage from Friday night’s rape incident, AAP party workers protested outside Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s official residence in New Delhi demanding that he take action.
“What has the government done in the last six months to improve the safety of women in the country?” AAP’s Manish Sisodia had said.
Delhi Police detained several of the protesters.
Updates for 7 December end
Police on Sunday arrested a cab driver suspected of raping a female passenger who hailed a ride with him via Uber, the US online taxi service that has launched an aggressive international expansion.
“The prime accused in the case has been arrested,” Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner with the Delhi police, told Reuters.
The suspect was arrested in his home town in Uttar Pradesh where his car was earlier found abandoned. He will be brought before a court in New Delhi on Monday.
with inputs from Reuters
According to some television news reports, the top management of the taxi-app service Uber are to be questioned by the Delhi police on Monday.
So it turns out the driver of the vehicle who is accused of raping the woman passenger is still to be arrested. According to reports, the police has detained four persons in connection with the case, but all of them are only relatives of the man accused of the crime.
According to a NDTV report, the police has announced a reward of Rs one lakh for information leading to the arrest of the driver.
The Mathura police has reportedly found the vehicle in which the crime was committed and has handed it over to the Delhi Police, which is expected to conduct forensic tests.
Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Barkha Singh today called for a ban on Uber after one of its cab drivers raped a 27-year-old woman on Friday night.
“The cab company in question should be banned, gender sensitisation should be taught. I came to the police station to see whats being done about the case, the girl is traumatised,” Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Barkha Singh told reporters.
The Aam Aadmi Party, though, chose to play politics over the incident questioning what kind of red alert the police had put in place if a rape could not be prevented.
“What kind of a high alert is this in Delhi that a girl got raped in a cab? It is condemnable,” AAP’s Rakhi Birla told reporters.
The Delhi Police will produce accused Shiv Kumar Yadav before a Delhi magistrate and seek his custody. The driver, who hails from Mathura, had deleted the app from his phone and switched off his GPS before raping the woman who dozed off on the back seat of the car.
The police formed 12 special teams to raid localities in Mathura where the accused was believed to be hiding.
The victim had clicked a picture of the car’s license plate while the driver was fleeing, which helped the police track down the car.
10.00 am: Delhi Police arrest cab driver
Thirty-two-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav was detained by the Delhi Police this morning from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh where he had fled leaving the car behind.
Twelve police search teams were formed to nab the accused and a DCP is heading investigations in the case.
09.55 am: Our thoughts are with the victim, says Uber
In a statement released late last night, Uber said they were assisting the police in every possible manner and have already suspended the driver.
“Safety is Uber’s highest priority and in India, we work with licensed 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,” the statement said.
A 27-year-old financial executive was raped by the driver of private cab service Uber on Friday night when she was returning home from a party in Gurgaon.
According to her statement to the police, the victim said she dozed off on her way home and woke up to the driver groping her on the back seat of the car.
“The woman had gone to a restaurant for dinner with some friends after her shift ended at 7 pm. One of her friends dropped her till Vasant Vihar from where she hired a cab run by a private company to take her to Inderlok,” police said citing the complaint filed by the victim.
On the way, the woman dozed off on the back seat of the car only to wake up and find that they had stopped at a secluded spot. She found that the car doors were locked and, when she tried to raise an alarm, the driver thrashed her and then committed rape, police said.