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Rape incident: Cab services of Uber banned in Delhi; Govt mulls banning across India

Monday, Dec 8, 2014,22:25 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The Centre is contemplating to ban the cab services of Uber across India after a driver engaged by the company allegedly raped a girl in Delhi. The Home Ministry is planning to ask all state governments and administration of nine union territories, where Uber runs its cab services, to put a ban on it, official sources said today.
Uber was banned today in Delhi after one of its drivers allegedly raped a 27 year old woman executive on Friday night.
Uber cab services are available in Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Pune. The central government is also likely to ask all state governments and UT administrations to find out whether similar appbased taxi service is running in their jurisdiction contrary to the existing rules and regulations, the sources said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to make a statement to this effect in Rajya Sabha tomorrow where he may mention about the steps to be taken for regulating the app based cab services.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has posed to Delhi government eight questions related to Uber cab service and asked for its reply as early as possible. The questions include details about Uber’s operations in the national capital, its commercial all India permit and how come this company is using or misusing that permit, how come a rape accused got driving licence and how many such services are operating in Delhi.

(FILES) In this photograph taken on December 7, 2014, The Uber smartphone app, used by customers to book taxis using its service, is pictured over a parking lot in the Indian capital New Delhi.  The Delhi city government said on December 8, 2014, that it has banned Uber after a passenger accused one of the online taxi service's drivers of raping her.

(FILES) In this photograph taken on December 7, 2014, The Uber smartphone app, used by customers to book taxis using its service, is pictured over a parking lot in the Indian capital New Delhi. The Delhi city government said on December 8, 2014, that it has banned Uber after a passenger accused one of the online taxi service’s drivers of raping her.

Indian police escort Uber taxi driver and accused rapist Shiv Kumar Yadav following his court appearance in New Delhi on December 8, 2014. Delhi's government on December 8 banned Uber from operating in the Indian capital after a passenger accused one of its drivers of rape, dealing a fresh blow to the reputation of online taxi service. The controversial US-based company has come in for heavy criticism in India since a young company executive said she had been raped by an Uber driver, who had previously been accused of assault.

Indian police escort Uber taxi driver and accused rapist Shiv Kumar Yadav following his court appearance in New Delhi on December 8, 2014. Delhi’s government on December 8 banned Uber from operating in the Indian capital after a passenger accused one of its drivers of rape, dealing a fresh blow to the reputation of online taxi service. The controversial US-based company has come in for heavy criticism in India since a young company executive said she had been raped by an Uber driver, who had previously been accused of assault.