Delhi Uber rape victim ends lawsuit against company in US court

  • Reuters, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:47 IST
A person using the French version of the Uber app to order a UberPop cab in Paris. Photo: AFP

The Delhi woman who was allegedly raped by an Uber driver in December last year has voluntarily ended her lawsuit against the app based taxi service, according to a US court filing.

The woman, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, had accused the driver of raping and beating her after she had boarded the cab in Delhi. The driver was arrested within a week of the complaint and was made to appear before the Delhi high court, where the hearing is still on.

The woman had also sued Uber in a federal court in the US in January, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures. Uber's Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick at the time called the incident "horrific" and pledged to help "bring this perpetrator to justice." However, during the case, Uber also argued that the woman sued the wrong corporate entity as the driver had a contract with Uber B V, a Netherlands-based entity with no US operations.

The court filing did not disclose any details on how the case was settled, and representatives for Uber and the woman declined to comment.

India is one of Uber's largest markets outside the United States by the number of cities covered. The rape allegation triggered protests and reignited a debate about the safety of women in the country, especially in New Delhi.

Uber, valued at around $50 billion this year, has said it would introduce additional safety measures including more stringent driver checks and an in-app emergency button.

In the lawsuit, the woman, who resides in Delhi and was not named, called Uber the "modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking."

"Buyer beware - we all know how those horror movies end," the lawsuit stated.

Earlier this year, both sides had agreed to participate in private mediation to try to resolve the lawsuit, according to court filings.

The case in US District Court, Northern District of California is Doe vs. Uber Technologies Inc, 15-424.

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