NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has convicted an Uber cab driver of raping a young woman passenger in 2014, in a case that sparked massive outrage and reignited a debate on the safety of women in the national capital. On December 5, Shiv Kumar Yadav had sexually assaulted the woman, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, in the cab she had hired to get home after dinner with her friends. Yadav was arrested two days later from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
The court today found Yadav guilty on all four charges – rape, abduction, intimidation and causing harm. The 32-year-old faces a maximum punishment of life sentence. The court will hear arguments on his sentencing on Friday, October 23. The woman had, in her statement, said that she fell asleep in the cab and was then taken to a deserted area not far from her home in north Delhi where Yadav raped her and threatened to violate her with an iron rod, a barbarous tactic used in the fatal gang-rape of a young student on a moving bus in the capital in 2013.
Shiv Kumar Yadav was tried by one of the special fast-track courts introduced in 2013 following the fatal gang-rape of the student, a crime that had shocked the nation and sparked unprecedented protests. Uber was banned from operating in Delhi in the aftermath of the attack on the young woman executive. The taxi-hailing app had drawn fire for failing to conduct adequate background checks after it emerged that Yadav had been accused of assaulting other women, although he had not been convicted in any of the cases.