Delhi rape victim to sue Uber in US

2015-01-16 22:30
Uber is among a number of taxi apps which are being deployed in cities in the United States and worldwide. (Paul J Richards, AFP)

Uber is among a number of taxi apps which are being deployed in cities in the United States and worldwide. (Paul J Richards, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New Delhi - A 27-year-old woman allegedly raped by an Uber cab driver in December plans to sue the smartphone-based taxi service for negligence in US courts, news reports said Friday.

The family of the victim, a finance executive, confirmed to broadcaster NDTV that she had asked a top New York lawyer to examine whether she can sue the company in the US.

Attorney Douglas Wigdor told Britain's Guardian newspaper that he will represent the woman and will consider asking a US court to exercise jurisdiction in the case since the conduct of the California-headquartered firm was governed by US company policy.

"I can confirm that I have been retained by the young lady who was raped by an Uber driver in Delhi, India, last December," he was quoted as saying.

"We will use all of our resources to vindicate my client's rights, hold those responsible for their actions and ensure that this doesn't happen again," he added.

The woman said she had dozed off in the car and the 32-year-old driver took her to an unknown location and allegedly raped her.

The incident caused outrage against a background of heightened security for women promised by the government after the fatal rape of a student in a moving bus in New Delhi in December 2012.

The Delhi government stopped operations by Uber and some other internet-based taxi services after the incident, saying they had not registered as taxi services with the Transport Department.

The driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, is being tried by a fast-track court in Delhi. He was identified on Thursday by the woman as the attacker, the public prosecutor told reporters. He has been charged with rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation.

Wigdor was the lawyer for Nafissatou Diallo, the New York hotel maid who accused then International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strass-Kahn of assaulting her in a hotel in 2011. The case was reportedly settled for $6m.

Read more on:    uber  |  us  |  india  |  internet

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.