Uber Shiv Kumar Yadav
Delhi Police takes Shiv Kumar Yadav, the accused driver who allegedly raped a woman to produce him before a court in New Delhi, on Dec 8, 2014.IANS

A Delhi court has sent Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, accused of allegedly raping a 25-year-old finance executive in Delhi last week, to judicial custody till 24 December.

Earlier, on Monday, US-based cab service provider Uber's driver was sent to three-day police custody for further questioning. Yadav was arrested on Sunday evening after two days of intense search jointly by the Delhi police and the Uttar Pradesh police. 

Yadav, 32, is facing charges for allegedly raping the woman on 5 December, the day she hired a Uber cab at around 10 pm. Following the incident, several other victims came forward alleging rape by Yadav, which revealed that he was a serial rapist.

He was acquitted in a rape case in 2011 after spending seven months in Tihar jail.

In 2013, he was released on bail in another rape case registered against him by a resident of Mainpuri district. 

Yadav had allegedly raped the woman in August 2013 when she had gone out to a nearby field to dump garbage, according to NDTV report.

She said that she tried to fight him by grabbing his collar, but he allegedly hit her and she fell on the ground.

"When I shouted, he tried to strangle me which made me dizzy. He threatened to kill me if I made a noise," said the woman. She added that she could not "step out of her house for months" after that incident.

The incident once again raised questions on women's safety in the national capital, where a gruesome rape incident in December 2012, sparking nationwide outrage. 

Following last week's incident, the Delhi government banned Uber from operating in Delhi. The Telangana government also has banned Uber, following an advice by the union home ministry.  

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