Common Man Party protest outside Interior Minister’s residence in Delhi against Uber cab rape


Supporters and leaders of India’s Common Man (Aam Aadmi) Party (AAP) on Monday (December 08) shouted slogans and held placards outside Interior Minister, Rajnath Singh’s residence in New Delhi to protest against the Uber cab rape case in the national capital.

The protesters shouted slogans against Rajnath Singh and the Delhi police. Some of the supporters held placards, one of which read ‘Shame on Government.’

The spokesperson of AAP, Atishi Marlena, who also participated in the protest questioned the steps being taken by the interior ministry for the safety of women in New Delhi.

“Today the Common Man Party has a question to ask about the rape that took place in the Uber cab in Delhi.The question we are asking is that, since Delhi police is under the Interior Minister, what has the ministry done for the safety of women?” said Marlena.

After a while, the protesters were detained by personnel of the Delhi police.

Indian police opened an investigation after a 26-year-old woman reported she had been sexually assaulted and beaten by the driver of the cab she hired after a social event late on Friday (December 05) in Vasant Vihar, south Delhi.

The accused dropped the woman home after attacking her and warned her not to inform the authorities. She, however, had the presence of mind to note down the number and photographed the cab while the accused was driving off with it, which was later found in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

The cab was hired through Uber, the U.S. online taxi service that has launched an aggressive international expansion.

Police had deployed four teams of five members each to trace the 32-year-old driver, identified as Shiv Kumar Yadav, who had switched off his mobile phone since the incident to avoid being traced.

A senior Delhi police officer said that there was no GPS tracer system attached to the vehicle nor had Uber done a background check or driver verification with the police.

Police on Sunday (December 07) arrested Yadav and said they would take legal action against the U.S. online taxi service for failing to run background checks on him.

The suspect was held in his home town in Uttar Pradesh where his car was earlier found abandoned. He was brought to New Delhi on Sunday night and will be produced before a court on Monday (December 08), said Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner with the Delhi police.

Delhi recorded the highest number of rapes in India in 2013, according to the latest National Crime Records Bureau data, earning the dubious distinction of being India’s “rape capital”.

Police attribute the rise in reports to more women coming forward due to greater public awareness following the high profile gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in December 2012.

Uber said in a statement on Sunday that it had suspended the driver following the allegations, in line with company policy, and have provided the authorities with “all relevant details,” such as driver, vehicle and trip information.

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