Rape in Delhi by a taxi driver

Sadly another rape case has been reported in Delhi. This time it was a female passenger going back home from a party on a Friday night.  In this particular case, the rape was committed by Shiv Kumar Yadav, a 32 year taxi old driver. I have been reading news about this story and it seems that this man was a sexual predator and terrorised local women. By the time he was 21 years old, he was already molesting women and had several cases registered against him for assaults, rape and carrying firearms.

How safe is Delhi
How safe is Delhi? Delhi seems to be on the list of places where rapes seems to be common.

I fail to understand how he managed to go through and get a job as a cab driver to one of the most popular ride share and taxi service app called Uber of which their headquarters are in San Francisco, United States. Uber cabs enables their customers to book and pay for taxis online. I thought a company as popular as this would be screening their drivers.

Delhi’s transport department has banned the use of Uber taxi booking services in Delhi but so far there have been reports of people still being able to use the service. Delhi police has also banned several other web based taxi firms for failing to carry out proper driver checks. India has learnt nothing since a woman was gang-raped in a moving bus.

I have written extensively in my book “India Travel Survival Guide For Women” on how to be safe in India. One of the tips I have suggested is not to venture out late at night and if you do, make sure you have a male companion with you. A male does seem to deter potential rapists but still not complete foolproof as in the case of a Swiss woman who was raped by a bunch of men in front of her husband.

Here’s more tips on how to be safe if you happen to be travelling to India on your own.

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24 thoughts on “Rape in Delhi by a taxi driver”

  1. Another shameful incident, and this time both the driver and cab company are at fault. Uber claimed the screen their drivers but they did not check this criminal who is involved in many offences against women in past also.

  2. How can one of the world’s biggest cab company hire a driver without checking his criminal records ? I work in a call center and come home late at night almost daily.As a safety precaution I always call my parents in front of the driver and tell them the car number making sure that driver sees me doing that.

  3. I think that these constant rapes of young women happening all over the country require the immediate action of the Indian government and strict measures should be taken to prevent further cases like this.

  4. Delhi’s transport department has banned the use of Uber taxi booking services in Delhi but so far there have been reports of people still being able to use the service.

  5. Uber has issues with our country to but not because of those types of crimes. It’s because they couldn’t put loopholes into their system. The government itself even took the time to make an their own online taxi service just to put competition against the company.

  6. Hi Shalu Sharma,

    It’s really very sad news for all of us. It’s really very bad. You really working on great topic. Main Aap se bahot Khush hun Q k Aap Bahot hi Acha Kam kr rahi hein. Aap Logon ko bahot acha guid kr rahi hein.

    Thanks Shalu for sharing such great tips with us.

    Regards:
    Areesha Noor!

  7. Isn’t it too common now in Delhi? There should be some sort of security for women in Delhi who are travelling through buses, cab and train. Even, these so called apps are not been of much help.
    Shalu, this is very sad situation in Delhi. I wish government and so called cab companies take proper measure to minimize this incidents.

  8. That,s dumb…………
    what concerning the lady that was gang rape during a bus with several cheering on? what concerning the opposite rape cases in india?
    Uber isn’t the matter. Rape is that the Matters Most.

  9. Its common issue in delhi. Every day there are many issue of this type comes but government do not anything take strong action against criminals. So what can i do people?

  10. We know how safe is delhi. The governments have changed but i don’t see any change in the safety measures that the new governments have taken. We remember very well the Delhi Moving Bus Gang Rape.
    We can just hope, delhi gets safe. Just Hope!!

  11. that is so bad….. We just trust these Taxi Drivers and look what they are doing to us.
    I now that five fingers are not equal. Some black sheep are everywhere around us.
    Got sad after reading your Post.

  12. Thanks for sharing this information this will really beneficial for many person and i am totally agree with the person talking this @How can one of the world’s biggest cab company hire a driver without checking his criminal records ? I work in a call center and come home late at night almost daily.As a safety precaution I always call my parents in front of the driver and tell them the car number making sure that driver sees me doing that.

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