India: suspected Uber driver arrested for alleged client rape image

According to local police, an Uber Technologies driver in New Delhi, India, has been arrested after a female passenger reported she was raped after using the service.

Rajan Bhagat, a spokesman for the local police, said during an interview that the driver was taken into custody and remains arrested for the time being, with the police also mulling a yet to be detailed action against the San-Francisco-based technology company. Uber’s local Indian business is in jeopardy now, after the mobile car-booking service also had issues with the country’s central bank over its payment gateway. The allegations to the Uber driver also come in a critical period – as they coincide with the second anniversary of the December 2012 gang rape and murder of a medical student in a moving Delhi bus.

Uber used a blog post to show that it immediately provided authorities with details including the name, age and photograph of the driver after the local authorities notified the company of the accusations. “Safety is our #1 priority and in India, Uber exclusively partners with registered for-hire drivers who have undergone the commercial licensing process, hold government issued IDs, state-issued permits, and carry full commercial insurance,” Uber said in the statement. The company – highly contested by licensed taxi operators and limousine services around the world – uses a ride-hailing smartphone application to operate in 11 cities in India. That makes the country the second-largest market for the company, following the United States. Uber uses very small cars under the brand UberGO and the service began operating only recently – on November 20.

Via Bloomberg