The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) met the victim of Saturday’s alleged rape at the latter’s residence on Sunday.
“There is no safety (for women) anywhere. Nobody can guarantee your safety it seems,” said an upset Barkha Singh Shukla, the commission’s chairperson, after speaking to the victim.
The 27-year-old woman was sexually assault by a driver with Uber, an international cab-booking service. Shiv Kumar Yadav, 32, was driving the victim home from Gurgaon.
After her 10-minute meeting with the victim, Shukla said the woman had shown a lot of courage and presence of mind at a trying moment. “She has been very brave. She took a photograph of the car and also tried to send an SMS alert to her boyfriend but the message went to the driver’s number by mistake after which he threatened to kill her,” Shukla said.
The victim is in trauma and so is her family, Shukla said. Since the victim was also beaten by the driver, she has injuries on her mouth and chest, Shukla said.
Shubhra Mendiratta, the DCW’s counsellor handling the case, said there were injuries on the victim’s neck as well.
“The victim and her family are under shock and stress. They are even more harrowed by the presence of media reporters outside their house. The victim and family need to be given some time to recover,” Mendiratta said.
Reminded of the December 16, 2012 gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedic student, Shukla said the brutal rape had made people think that public transport was not safe but when such an incident occurs in a booked cab that keeps a record of journeys, people are bound to panic. “People will naturally think twice before hiring such cabs now,” she said.