Controversial ride hire service Uber was back in the spotlight yesterday after Indian police arrested an Uber cab driver suspected of raping a female passenger and said they would take legal action against Uber for failing to run background checks on him.
Police opened an investigation after a 26-year-old woman reported that she had been sexually assaulted and beaten later on Friday evening after hailing a ride home with the Uber driver in south Delhi.
The suspect will be brought before a New Delhi court today, according to the Delhi police deputy commissioner Madhur Verma.
Verma said the police would take legal action against Uber for violations including a failure to check whether the driver, named as Shiv Kumar Yadav, had a clean police record and the lack of a satellite location device in his car.
Uber has faced critical news coverage over comments by a US executive who suggested “digging up dirt” on journalists investigating the firm. That has not stopped the San Francisco-based firm from raising investment that values it at $40bn (£25.6bn), reflecting the potential of its expansion into high-growth markets like India.
Uber said in a statement yesterday that it had suspended the driver. “In India we work with licensed driver-partners to provide a safe transportation option, with layers of safeguards such as driver and vehicle information, and ETA-sharing to ensure there is accountability and traceability of all trips that occur on the Uber platform,” said Uber.