Indian woman allegedly raped by Uber cab driver plans to sue in US, hires prominent lawyer

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New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2015 10:10:45 AM

A woman who was allegedly raped by an Uber cabs driver in New Delhi has hired a prominent lawyer to sue the online-hailing taxi service in US courts.

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A woman who was allegedly raped by an Uber cabs driver in New Delhi has hired a prominent lawyer to sue the online-hailing taxi service in US courts.

The financial executive, who cannot be named under an Indian law that grants rape victims anonymity, has hired Douglas Wigdor, a New York-based employment lawyer.

“We have been in talks over the last few weeks, which led to me being retained,” Wigdor said in an email, declining to comment on the basis or timing of any case.

Among recent work, Wigdor represented the hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.

Uber Asia-Pacific Head Eric Alexander was questioned by the police for the second consecutive day in connection with the rape of a 27-year-old finance executive in Delhi. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)Uber Asia-Pacific Head Eric Alexander was questioned by the police for the second consecutive day in connection with the rape of a 27-year-old finance executive in Delhi. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

The Delhi government blacklisted Uber from operating in the capital last month after the alleged attack on the passenger as she returned home from seeing friends.

The case triggered protests and reignited a debate about the safety of women in Asia’s third-largest economy, especially in New Delhi, which has been dubbed India’s rape capital.

Public outrage was further fuelled when it was revealed the man was out on bail for sexual assault and Uber acknowledged that it did not carry out background checks on drivers in India.

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An Uber spokesman declined to comment on the case. He said the company was in talks with the Delhi government to restart operations in the city.

The U.S. company, which was valued at $40 billion last month, has also been dogged by controversy surrounding its aggressive approach to local governments, traditional taxi services and concerns about safety.

Gagan Bhatia GM Delhi Uber (C) meets with Delhi Women Commission Barkha Shukla Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)Gagan Bhatia GM Delhi Uber (C) meets with Delhi Women Commission Barkha Shukla Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)
Members of All India Democratic Women's Association protest against the Delhi police for rape by the Uber cab driver, outside police HQ in New Delhi. (Express photo: Ravi Kanojia)Members of All India Democratic Women’s Association protest against the Delhi police for rape by the Uber cab driver, outside police HQ in New Delhi. (Express photo: Ravi Kanojia)

 

Uber cabs driver, 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, center, is surrounded by police in a court in New Delhi. (AP)Uber cabs driver, 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, center, is surrounded by police in a court in New Delhi. (AP)

 

The spot where the Uber cabs driver allegedly raped the woman. (IE Photo)The road leading up to where the Uber cabs driver allegedly raped the woman. (IE Photo)
A view of Ridge road alongside a nallah, where the Uber cab driver allegedly raped his passenger, in Sarai Rohilla, Delhi. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)A view of Ridge road alongside a nallah, where the Uber cab driver allegedly raped his passenger, in Sarai Rohilla, Delhi. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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