Uber rape case: Cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav found guilty, faces life imprisonment

The court is set to hear the arguments on the quantum of punishment Friday, October 23.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:October 21, 2015 1:05 am
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More than 10 months after a 25-year-old woman was raped and sexually assaulted inside a radio taxi in the national capital, a fast-track court in Delhi Tuesday convicted cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, holding him guilty on charges of rape and endangering the life of the victim. Yadav, a former driver of Uber taxi service, faces a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Additional Session Judge Kaveri Baweja on Tuesday convicted Yadav on charges of rape and causing grievous bodily harm to the victim under the relevant sections of the IPC. He was also found guilty of kidnapping and abducting the victim, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt.

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The court is set to hear the arguments on the quantum of punishment Friday, October 23. The detailed order on Yadav’s conviction will be made available after the arguments.

Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava, said he will seek the maximum punishment — life imprisonment — for Yadav Defence counsel D K Mishra said he would appeal the verdict in Delhi High Court. “There are loopholes in the Delhi police’s investigation. The same has been argued in this court. I will appeal in the high court after the detailed judgement is available to us,” said Mishra.

On December 5 last year, the woman, who worked for a finance firm in Gurgaon, had taken an Uber cab to go home. Instead, Yadav took her to an isolated area and raped her. He also threatened to insert a “saria” (rod) inside her if she raised an alarm, stated the police charge-sheet.

Saying he was “satisfied” with the verdict, the woman’s’ father told The Indian Express, “I hope the convict gets maximum punishment… I am also very satisfied with the fast-track trial and the day-to-day trial of the case. However, the defence tried all possible tactics to delay the trial by recalling the victim.

his not only caused a delay but also forced my daughter to undergo the horrific experience again. I want to thank the Supreme Court for dismissing the defence plea to recall the victim.”

The special fast-track court had put Yadav on trial on the basis of scientific evidence and the statement of the woman. The court had stated that “considering the injuries of the prosecutrix and her statement, wherein she alleged that the accused tried to strangulate her and thereby endangered her life while committing rape upon her”, prima facie rape charges are made out against Yadav.

The incident had triggered public outrage, after which the Delhi government had banned Uber from operating in Delhi.

Responding to the court’s order, Uber India released a statement, saying, “Sexual assault is a terrible crime and we are pleased he has now been brought to justice. Safety is a priority for Uber and we have made many improvements — in terms of new technology, enhanced background checks and better 24/7 customer support — as a result of the lessons we learned from this awful case. That said, Uber can always do better, which is why are continually looking for ways to improve safety before, during and after the ride”.

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    Communal Rukstales
    Oct 21, 2015 at 11:32 am
    Upper caste can never become CM of UP/Bihar; 80% of BC/SC/ST people in UP/Bihar have GUNS;
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      Jeet
      Oct 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm
      Just seal Delhi border for UP Bihar people?you see the difference in month or stop giving jobs?
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        abhi
        Oct 20, 2015 at 11:06 am
        Hang this Ba***rd!!!......life imprisonment is not enough!!!
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          Genuine Reform
          Oct 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm
          CAPITAL DELHI POLICE IS OVERBURDENDED WHEN DEALING WITH BOTH VVIP AREAS and DOMESTIC DELHI AREAS........................................................... ................................................................................................................... ................................................. .................................................................. DELHI POLICE SHOULD BE BIFURATED INTO TWO DIVISIONS: ............................................... ONE DIVISION UNDER CONTROL OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WITH JURISDICTION OVER VVIP AREAS, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT PROPERTY AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT REGIONS. .......................... .............................................. THE OTHER DIVISION UNDER CONTROL OF STATE GOVERNMENT AND MEANT FOR NON-CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LOCALITIES, LOCAL JUGGI CRIMES SUCH AS THEFT RAPE ARSON ETC., LAW & ORDER IN LOCALITIES CENTRAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WANT TO INTERFERE IN.
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            kamath Ramesh
            Oct 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm
            “Good that within a year the case has been settled. The sever punishment must be meted not less than the death penalty. However the difference of opinion even at the final stage between prosecution & defence makes everyone nervous that unnecessary one innocent should not be punished. As has been seen, prosecution always work on some hypothesis & tries to prove his/her point overlooking all other aspects no matter the accused is really guilty or not. At the final stage if both the parties agree, on the conviction and otherwise, it gives relief to others that the justice is done. In this case the victim herself is a witness so chances of wrong implication does not arise unless it is proved that the victim has hidden agenda in proving accused guilty. Hence it is utmost important that the lawyers, defending or prosecuting, should see the case on humanitarian & not purely professional by proving wrong to right. “
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              kulaputra kulaputra
              Oct 22, 2015 at 5:10 am
              A very sad incident. Punishment should be harsher to ensure others get dissuaded from doing this.
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                Parth Garg
                Oct 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm
                The Court need to clear that The Life imprisonment is for the entire remaining life of the culprit.
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                  kj kj
                  Oct 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm
                  FEMALE POINT OF VIEW====================women need to stand up for women issues.... unity of women is not there..thats why women are most targeted in india... dowry , foeticide, harment rapes molestations needs a females voice now....stand up for ur rights
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                    kj kj
                    Oct 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm
                    FEMALES POINT OF VIEW ...../ IFF POSSIBLE PLEASE KEEP FEMALE CAB DRIVERS AND BUSSES OR TRAINS RESERVED FOR FEMALES IN PLACES WHERE RAPES ARE GREATER..I KNOW ITS OLD FASHIONED BUT UNTIL THEY CAN CONTROL RAPES FOR SECURITY WOMEN MUST BE GIVEN THIS FACILITY.....SEATS ARE RESERVED IN BUS, TRAIN IN MANY CITIES...
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                      kj kj
                      Oct 20, 2015 at 12:16 pm
                      FEMALES POINT OF VIEW.... we must punish them fast..i went to delhi this year..they have not changed their atude still.. laws need to be strict and atudes towards women shoud change..respect for women and females need to be there..boys are not taught that ...Parents are most responsible for raising such boys, culture and then laws cops
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                        only human
                        Oct 21, 2015 at 2:40 am
                        another shiv sena bhakt committing r*ape, good riddance of all the evil rap*ists
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