Delhi shame: Woman executive raped by Uber cab driver

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2014 10:35 IST

A 25-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a radio cab driver in north Delhi’s Sarai Rohilla late Friday night.

The woman, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, told police she boarded the Uber cab at 9.30pm from south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar, where she had gone for a party with friends.

She was raped at an isolated place between Sarai Rohilla and Inderlok, police said, adding the cabbie threatened to kill and sexually assault her with a rod if she resisted him. He dropped her home after the attack.

The cabbie even gave her a missed call from his mobile phone, police added.

Madhur Verma, DCP (north), said a medical exam had confirmed rape and an FIR had been lodged.

According to the complaint, the woman had gone to a restaurant for dinner with some friends after her shift ended at 7pm. One of her friends dropped her till Vasant Vihar from where she hired the cab.

On the way, the woman dozed off on the back seat only to wake up and find that the car had stopped at a secluded spot.

The car doors were locked. When she tried to raise an alarm, the driver thrashed and assaulted her, police said.

Police sources said the woman had identified the driver as one Gaurav and even clicked his photo on her mobile phone.

"The woman clicked a photograph of the car's number plate and then made a PCR call to report the incident," police said.

The cab was later found abandoned in Mathura and the driver’s mobile phone, which has a GPS system, was switched off, the DCP said.

The woman is believed to have booked the cab through Uber, which, according to its website, connects "riders to drivers through our apps".

"A case has been registered at Sarai Rohilla police station under Sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

"Raids are being conducted to nab the driver, who is in his mid-30s," a police official said.

The cab company released a statement late Saturday night, confirming that the driver in question had been suspended.

“We became aware of the incident this morning. Safety is Uber’s highest priority and we are working with the police as they investigate, and will assist them in any way we can,” the release said.

The incident comes at a time when the Capital is under a high-security alert following threats of a sensational terror attack by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba. Vehicle checks have been stepped up across the city and anti-sabotage barricades put in place ahead of US President Barack Obama’s Republic Day visit to India.

(with PTI inputs)

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