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Women naturally succumb to my charm: Uber cabbie to cops

Shiv Kumar Yadav believes he is something of a female magnet. Accused of serial rape — the latest being that of a 25-year-old executive in his Uber cab — he has told police interrogators that women naturally succumb to his charm.

delhi Updated: Dec 12, 2014 14:55 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
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Shiv Kumar Yadav believes he is something of a female magnet. Accused of serial rape — the latest being that of a 25-year-old executive in his Uber cab — he has told police interrogators that women naturally succumb to his charm. When they are not offering him sexual favours in exchange for cash or a free ride in his cab, that is.

The 32-year-old, 5-feet-6-inches, 60-kg man has certainly made a big impression on the Delhi Police. Hardened interrogators are surprised at the extent of delusion of this unremarkable-looking man, his obsession with sex, and his consummate urge to lie and mislead.

The police on Thursday said they would add Yadav to the list of repeat sexual offenders. A city court sent him to 14-day judicial custody.

“He can’t stop thinking about sex,” said a senior officer, wishing not to be named. “He fantasizes about the women who sit in his cab, and keeps his friends daily and graphically updated on those fantasies.”

His mobile phones are apparently packed with porn, the glove compartment of his cab well-stocked with contraceptives.

Yadav ran his cab service mostly at night, waiting for customers — especially women — outside malls, cinema halls, restaurants and pubs. He would take special interest in lurking around pubs and bars, hoping for women to come out and hire his cab, too buzzed to resist his advances, police sources said.

He also frequently offered a ride to sex workers late in the night, the police told HT, his favourite hunting ground being MG Road in Gurgaon. The ride would not be entirely free; he asked for sexual favours in return.

Yadav has gone on to effectively use this sex-for-money trope to wriggle out of a 2011 rape charge, and is trying it in the current case as well. His lawyers contend that the victim had asked for R20,000 to let him have his way on December 5 night.

Yadav has apparently told his interrogators that he first had sex when he was 14 with a girl (possibly a minor) from his village in UP’s Mainpuri. He went on to marry his elder brother’s widow — a brother who supposedly was the only one who could discipline him a bit — and has two daughters from her and a stepson.

He visited his family in Mathura on most weekends. Financially, he is not too badly off. His father was a headmaster in a Mainpuri school. The family owns a fair bit of agricultural land.

And lastly, the police are convinced that Yadav is a liar and dodger par excellence. He has two driving licences, one obviously illegal. He said he owned only one phone (an iPhone given by Uber), but the police have recovered two more.

He allegedly faked his character certificate, sends cops on cold trails for clues, contradicts within hours what he utters. A self-appointed Casanova — it seems from police talk — with a strong, criminal drive.