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

Uber rape victim's lawyer expressed his surprise at the taxi firm's reported re-entry into the Delhi market. The victim was informed about it directly by Uber, through an email.

"While we have no doubt that Uber is focused on it's bottomline, we are surprised by this development as we had made it clear to Uber that the rape victim wanted to be part of a consultation process regarding safety procedures to ensure that no other person becomes a victim at the hands of an Uber driver," Lawyer Douglas H. Wigdor wrote in his email to IANS.

He further said that the victim was upset about Uber's re-entry in the market just weeks after the horrific incident and even as the criminal trial of the taxi firm's driver is still going on.

"Most unfortunately, this has not happened and we have no confidence that the touted 'India-specific safety measures' will prevent another attack," Wigdor further said.

Uber, in its statement wherein it announced resumption of its services in the national capital, said that the taxi firm had applied for a radio taxi license which would help in improvising safety measures by introducing features like an "in-app emergency button".

The accused in the case, Shiv Kumar Yadav, is currently undergoing a trial on the charges of rape and kidnapping.

Last year, Delhi had banned Uber and similar taxi services for failing to meet the requirements of carrying out sufficient checks on drivers.

(With Inputs from IANS)


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