Delhi Uber cabbie convicted of rape may hear punishment today

  • Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2015 11:09 IST
Police escort Uber taxi driver Shiv Kumar Yadav. (AFP Photo)

A Delhi court is likely to decide on Tuesday the jail term of former Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, convicted of raping a 25-year-old passenger. The crime led to widespread protests and ban on taxi aggregators in the national capital.

Additional sessions judge Kaveri Baweja, who had convicted 32-year-old Yadav last month, is scheduled to hear arguments on quantum of sentence and may pronounce her order.

The court had on October 20 held Yadav guilty of kidnapping, threatening, raping and trying to strangulate his passenger. The offence of endangering woman’s life while raping her entails a minimum of 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a maximum of life term.

In its 99-page judgment, the special fast track court set up to deal with cases of sexual offences against women has said that the victim was reminded of the horrific December 16, 2012 gang rape incident after the driver of the US-based service provider had threatened to insert an iron rod in her body.

The court has held that threat perception was very much real in the mind of the 25-year-old victim when the driver had intimated and threatened her that too at an isolated spot in the late hours on December 5, 2014.

According to the prosecution, the incident took place on December 5 last year when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was headed back to her house at Inderlok.

The accused driver was arrested on December 7, 2014 from Mathura.

Special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava said he would demand maximum punishment of life imprisonment, which under the relevant provision of the amended rape law means jail term till the convict’s remaining natural life.

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