An online petition posted by a New Delhi-based petitioner calls for the management of Uber, an international taxi-booking service, to make a public statement on the rape committed by one of their drivers and mandate a seven-year background check for all Uber drivers in India. The petition has been addressed to Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick.
The petitioner states,“A 25 year-old woman was raped by one of your drivers. This driver was a repeat offender and had spent seven months in Tihar jail in a sexual assault case. This is outrageous. If your company had run a background check and got police verification done, this crime could’ve been avoided. What’s worse, you have a three step background check process in the US but not in India.”
The online public petition has been posted with a view to force the company to mandate a seven year background check for all Uber drivers in India like in the US.
The petitioner further states, “On your website, you (Uber) have boldly explained this policy —All Uber rides must go through a rigorous background check that leads the industry.
The three-step screening we’ve developed across US, which includes county, federal and multi-state checks, has set a new standard. These checks go back seven years. We apply this comprehensive and new industry standard consistently across all Uber products, including uberX— Why aren’t the Indian Uber drivers subjected to the same process of background checks?”