The news of a 25-year-old woman’s rape by a taxi driver in New Delhi has “appalled” filmmaker Karan Johar, while Bollywood star Akshay Kumar wonders “how many more such incidents before we have stricter laws?” (Read – Delhi rape case: Cabbie Shiv Kumar Yadav arrested in Mathura, notice sent to Uber MD)
A 25-year-old woman was allegedly raped by a cab driver on Friday night after she took the cab around 9.30 p.m. from Vasant Vihar area in the capital – the city where six rapes and 14 molestation cases were reported every day the first four months of 2014. (Read: Delhi govt considering cancellation of Uber’s permit to operate in Delhi)
Angered by the incident, here’s what the stars tweeted:
Akshay Kumar: You hire a cab thinking its safer and pay more but sadly even that isn’t an option anymore. Not sure how many more such incidents before we have stricter laws! #DelhiShamedAgain
Karan Johar: Appalled at the @Uber incident!! If they didn’t do an adequate background check of the driver they have no reason to operate anywhere!!!!
Rohit Roy: Just the other day, a friend was recommending Uber very highly… Now this!! Appalling. It’s like the guard at ur home robbing U!!
Vishal Dadlani: Taking a cab alone at night? Take a picture of the driver, with the numberplate, & send it to a friend. Should act as a basic deterrent.
According to a recent compilation of data by Delhi Police, 616 rapes and 1,336 molestation cases were registered between January 1 and April 30 – a 36 percent increase in rape cases compared to around 450 cases registered in the same period last year.
Data of the first four months of 2014 show that six rapes and 14 molestation cases have been reported every day. Police, however, claim to have solved almost 90 percent of the cases.
Cases of molestation recorded in the same corresponding period show a similar rise with over 1,000 registered cases.