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Delhi Uber Rape Survivor Sues Company In US Court For Accessing Her Medical Records

She's suing them for breaching her privacy.

15/06/2017 10:26 PM IST | Updated 15/06/2017 11:35 PM IST
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An employee walks inside the office of ride-hailing service Uber in Gurugram, previously known as Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

An Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in Delhi in 2014 is reportedly suing the company for breaching her privacy and for defamation. The lawsuit names the company and three top executives, including CEO Travis Kalanick, Reuters reported.

The lawsuit was reportedly filed in a federal court in the Northern District of California. Reports surfaced earlier this month that Eric Alexander, the company's president of business in the Asia Pacific, had obtained and shared medical records of the 25-year-old woman who was raped by an Uber driver. He had reportedly shared the medical records with Kalanick and Uber senior vice president Emil Michael. This was apparently an attempt to check the veracity of the woman's rape complaint.

"Rape denial is just another form of the toxic gender discrimination that is endemic at Uber and ingrained in its culture," Douglas Wigdor, the lawyer representing the woman, told The New York Times.

Kalanick announced Tuesday that he was taking a leave of absence to work on "Travis 2.0". Meanwhile Alexander was reportedly fired.

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The 2014 rape had revealed shocking gaps in how Uber hired drivers in Delhi. The 32-year-old driver Shiv Kumar Yadav was given life imprisonment for the crime.

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