Uber rape victim gets threat calls as case nears end

  • Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2015 08:34 IST

The 25-year-old woman who was allegedly raped by an Uber cab driver in December has been receiving threatening phone calls from unidentified persons, leaving the family feeling nervous and harassed, sources said.

The woman’s father had informed the police about the calls but had not lodged a formal complaint, fearing it would delay the case that was in the final stages of hearing, sources close to the family told HT Thursday.

Station house officer Harish Dureja for Rohilla, where the rape case is registered, confirmed that the family had told them about the calls but had not given anything in writing.

The financial analyst was allegedly raped early December 5 when she was returning to her east Delhi home from Vasant Kunj in a cab she had booked through Uber, the US-based online taxi-hailing service.

Driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, who was found to have multiple cases of sexual assault against him, was arrested two days later from Mathura, his hometown.

The neighbours, said sources, had also alerted the family about some strangers making inquiries about the woman. The calls started coming in January. One of callers told the woman he was calling from the “Vasant Kunj police station”. Her mother got a call on February 4, sources said. The calls surprised the family as the woman, who last month sued Uber for negligence in the US, had stopped using the number after she was bombarded with calls when the crime was reported. The family tried to trace the numbers, but couldn’t, sources said. The arguments in the case were Thursday deferred to February 23 as defence counsel DK Mishra moved the Delhi high court, challenging the trial court’s order refusing to re-examine the prosecution witnesses.

Yadav’s father, who lives in Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh, told HT he was confident that his son would be found innocent. If held guilty, Yadav, charged with rape, kidnap and assault, faces life imprisonment.

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