On Monday, the Delhi Government banned all activities by cab service Uber after one of its drivers was arrested on charges of raping a woman. The transport department has issued a statement and said that it has banned all activities relating to providing any transport service by Uber with immediate effect. And, it further added that, the transport department has also blacklisted the company from providing any transport service in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi in future.
Police officials in South Delhi told Hindustan Times that Shiv Kumar Yadav, the Uber cab driver arrested by police was in jail for nearly two years from 2011 in connection with another rape case. He was acquitted last year after a compromise followed between him and the victim. And, Uber had hired the cab driver without the mandatory police verification.
Meanwhile, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick also issued a statement terming the incident horrific. “What happened over the weekend in New Delhi is horrific. Our entire team’s hearts go out to the victim of this despicable crime. We will do everything, I repeat, everything to help bring this perpetrator to justice and to support the victim and her family in her recovery.”
“We will work with the government to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programs. We will also partner closely with the groups who are leading the way on women’s safety here in New Delhi and around the country and invest in technology advances to help make New Delhi a safer city for women,” the statement added.
As per a ZeeNews report, the Delhi Police today questioned the officials of Uber cab service and reports said that Uber has shut its office in Gurgaon in the wake of the incident. Aam Aadmi Party and National Students Union of India protested outside the residence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the issue.
The 32-year-old driver, a resident of Mathura was caught in a joint operation by Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Police force. Uber extended its hand to help out the authorities, and suspended the driver’s account following allegations of the incident.
The Police added that the driver also did not have a driving licence issued by the Delhi Transport Authority, which is recommended for those engaged in driving cabs in the capital.
Earlier this month, Uber had closed USD 1.2 billion in series E round at a valuation of USD 40 billion to make substantial investments, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. Last month, Uber has launched a new low-cost service for India called Uber Go. It counts India as its second largest market after the US in terms of cities covered, ten at present.
In Delhi it had launched its operations last year in October, and currently has presence in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai. This move by the state Government will severely affect the company’s business, other Government’s might also consider such a decision in light of this.