Court finds Uber driver guilty of raping woman travelling in taxi

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A local court held Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav guilty of raping a woman executive, 25, in his taxi, in 2014. He has been convicted for offences of endangering a woman’s life while raping her, abducting, and criminally intimidating her.

The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on November 23.

The prosecution said the incident took place on the night of December 5, 2014, when the victim was heading back to her house at Inderlok, from her place of work in, Gurgaon.

Yadav was arrested on December 7, 2014, from Mathura. Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava, had earlier said, an accused can be convicted on the basis of the victim’s sole testimony, if it is trustworthy. He had said there was enough proof on record to hold Yadav guilty in the case, and none of the 28 witnesses have spoken contrary to the police case.

Advocate DK Mishra, who appeared for Yadav, argued that false evidence was planted in a bid to corner his client. Since there were many contradictions in the prosecution’s story and the victim too improved her story many times in her statements before the court as well as the police, he added.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had set aside the Delhi HC order allowing the accused to re-examine 13 prosecution witnesses, including the victim. The woman and the Delhi Police moved the SC against the HC high court order, which stayed the proceedings for a period of six months from March 10 to September 10.

The trial court has framed charges against Yadav under IPC for alleged offences of endangering a woman’s life while raping her, abducting with an intent to compel her for marriage and criminally intimidating and causing hurt. The court recorded the accused’s testimony in which he called the charges against him as “false”.

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