Shiv Kumar Yadav might have been making national headlines (albeit for all the wrong reasons), but for the relatives with whom he shared a flat in south Delhi’s Mehrauli, the Uber cabbie is a closed chapter who no one wants to remember.
Shut away in isolation, Yadav’s family members claimed that they didn’t want to talk about a man who had brought humiliation and disgrace for their family. “We have stopped watching the television and reading the newspaper. We are just trying to move on now,” Yadav’s nephew stated. Yadav, he claimed, used to visit him at the rented Mehrauli accommodation often.
“A probe is on in the case. They have recorded our statements. We no longer wish to be associated with him and hope justice is served,” the 21-year-old youth claimed.
A local tea stall owner claimed that Yadav drove his taxi at night and during the day often either gossiped about the girls in his area or blatantly harassed women in the neighbourhood.
“He would pass lewd comments on women who passed by. He didn’t shy away from hurling racial abuses at them either,” the tea-stall owner said.
Local residents claimed that the cabbie had a knack of picking up fights and getting into arguments. “His stares made us uncomfortable. He often tried to be overtly friendly with us and offer to give us lifts,” said a woman, one of the many that Yadav had apparently harassed.
Around 25 kilometers from Mehrauli, another family — that of the girl who was ‘raped’ by Yadav — were trying to get back to normal life.
“I do not want her to relive the memories of that day. I am happy with the way the investigations have been handled by the police and we will continue to co-operate with them,” the father of the victim, who had offered Delhi Police a reward of Rs 1 lakh for taking swift action in the case (an offer that was turned down), told HT.
The family appealed to the media to leave them and the victim alone so that she could get back to her normal life.
The family of the victim said they were mulling moving away from all the limelight, to their hometown for some time, to give the girl a much-needed change of surrounding.
The family, however, said that this won’t deter the police in their investigations.
“She had taken part actively in the December 16 gang rape protests and candle light marches. She felt strongly for the cause of women’s safety and encouraged everyone around her to stand for the security of women in the city. We could have never have imagined that one day she would end up being a victim herself,” he added.