Woman Tweets Her Experience Of Travelling With Uber Driver Accused Of Rape

10/12/2014 8:22 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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India’s opposition Congress party’s women activists shout slogans during a protest after a woman was allegedly raped by a taxi driver in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. The Indian capital on Monday banned taxi-booking service Uber after a woman accused one of its drivers of raping her.(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

A startling revelation in the Uber rape case could land the banned cab company in an even bigger soup . It has emerged that just eight days before a 25-year-old executive was allegedly raped by Uber cab driver Shiv Kumar Yadav in Delhi, Nidhi Shah, who was visiting India from the United States, lodged a complaint about the driver with the company.

Shah, who went public with this information over Twitter, said that she complained about 32-year-old Yadav on November 26 for staring at her during the cab ride in Delhi.

Yadav has previously been arrested on charges of rape in 2011 and 2013. The US-based car company is under fire for not having conducted a proper background check on its driver. But the question now also is whether the rape could have been prevented if Uber had followed up on Shah's complaint.

She posted her cab receipt identifying Yadav and Uber's email response to her complaint

In a phone interview from the United States with NDTV news channel, Shah said that Yadav told her that his GPS was not working and she had to find him by walking through Chandani Chowk. She got into the car with her partner.

"He kept staring through the mirror. And I felt a little uncomfortable so I would hide behind so he couldn't see me and I thought that he was smiling a little creepily. So eventually when he dropped us off, I thought I should report it to Uber. And so I just wrote a quick sentence before rushing into my business meeting about this guy. He seemed... I had a bad feeling about him," she said.

Shah also explains why she didn't pursue the complaint.

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