Uber Rape Case: Accused driver Shiv Kumar Yadav found guilty
On December 5,ShivKumarYadav had sexually assaulted the woman, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, while she on her way back home in Inderlok in northwest Delhi.
NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has convicted an Uber cab driver for raping a young woman passenger last year, in a case that sparked massive outrage and reignited a debate on the safety of women in the national capital.
The court today found Yadav guilty on all four charges – rape, abduction, intimidation and causing harm. The 32-year-old faces a maximum punishment of life sentence for the offences. The court will hear arguments on his sentencing on Friday, October 23.
“Shiv Kumar Yadav is convicted of all charges (framed against him). To come up for arguments on quantum of sentence on October 23,” Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja said while pronouncing the verdict.
The driver was present in the court room along with his wife, parents and other family members.
According to the police, the woman fell asleep in the cab and was then taken to a deserted area not far from her home in north Delhi where Yadav raped her and threatened to violate her with an iron rod, a barbarous tactic used in the fatal gang-rape of a young student on a moving bus in the capital in 2013.
Yadav was tried by one of the special fast-track courts introduced in 2013 following the fatal gang-rape of the student, a crime that had shocked the nation and sparked unprecedented protests.
Uber was banned from operating in Delhi in the aftermath of the attack on the young woman executive.
The taxi-hailing app had drawn fire for failing to conduct adequate background checks after it emerged that Yadav had been accused of assaulting other women, although he had not been convicted in any of the cases.