The Delhi government has banned the services of Uber Taxi India in Delhi saying it is misleading customers. The ban comes after a 27-year-old woman was allegedly raped by the driver of Uber cab.
The govt action means that any taxi plying in Delhi using Uber’s name can now attract fines and even be impounded.
“The services of Uber have been blacklisted. We have just issued an order saying Uber’s activities stand banned in Delhi,” Special Commissioner of Delhi Transport Department, Satish Mathur.
The woman who was allegedly raped by the driver of Uber cab said she had hired the taxi to return home from a dinner party in Gurgaon Saturday night.
The incident took place at around 9:30 P.M. when the woman, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, was headed back to her home in north Delhi’s Inderlok area.
“The woman had gone to a restaurant for dinner with some friends after her shift ended at 7 P.M. One of her friends dropped her till Vasant Vihar from where she hired an Uber cab to take her to Inderlok,” police said citing the complaint filed by the victim.
On the way, the woman dozed off on the back seat of the car only to wake up and find that they had stopped at a secluded spot. She found that the car doors were locked and, when she tried to raise an alarm, the driver thrashed her and then committed rape, police said.
The accused then dropped her off near her home in Inderlok after threatening to kill her if she spoke of the matter to anybody.
“The woman clicked a photograph of the car’s number plate and then made a PCR call to report the incident,” police said.
She was sent for a medical examination, which confirmed rape but showed that she was not given any sedatives.