Uber Sued by Delhi Taxi Rape Victim in US Federal Court

January 30, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The victim of the Delhi taxi rape, who has alleged rape charges against the Uber driver, has now sued the taxi company in a US Federal Court. The allegation has been made claiming that Uber had failed to maintain safety basics.

She also claims in the lawsuit that the company had failed to comply with the basic standards in their hiring procedure, and says that Uber has hired the driver despite being aware of his criminal past.

The driver, 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, was arrested last month after being alleged by the women passenger for raping her. Uber Taxi services, which has India as one of the leading markets for its services outside the US, was banned following the arrest.

Uber driver

Their services were however restored a week before after applying for a radio-license, as was demanded by the government for a re-submission.

In her lawsuit, she has also demanded a claim. She also urged the betterment in the safety features by Uber, including its 24×7 customer service, panic button, female driver availability, and the like.

She is been represented by her attorney Douglas Wigdor, who has previously been associated with certain high profile plaintiffs, including the sexual assault case by a hotel maid against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF chief.

The company hasn’t given a direct response to the lawsuit. However, they have said in a statement that Uber will be in full cooperation with the authorities to bring the matter to  justice.

They have also expressed their sympathies to the victim of the crime, which they described as ‘horrific’. Uber has said last week that they will be enhancing the safety measures in their services with rigid driver checks and an in-app emergency button.

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