Uber, the ultimate choice of anyone who needs a cab ride, reached a valuation of about $40 billion last month. But looks like times are real hard for the company as Delhi Police is preparing to register a case against the American multinational due to company’s overlook of a suspected driver’s past criminal records.
A suspect in the alleged rape of an Uber customer by her driver in New Delhi, India has been arrested. The man is named Shiv Kumar Yadav, and he will go before a New Delhi court on Monday. The news has been creating waves across the globe and has become a major highlight for the negligence shown by MNC’s like Uber.
Madhur Verma, New Delhi police deputy commissioner, said that police will also take legal action against Uber and is now in the process of deciding wether the case will be civil or criminal. Uber not only gave the driver a job but also neatly neglected the fact that the GPS system in the car was not proper.
Earlier reports suggest that the suspect had disabled GPS during the incident, which occurred late on Friday night or early Saturday morning. The suspect allegedly parked the car in a secluded area after the passenger, said to be in her mid-twenties, fell asleep. He then raped her and threatened her life if she reported anything.
You must be wondering by now that why Uber is being targetted when they can easily show their records and co-operate with the authorities. Well, here is some shocking revelation. Check out their Terms of Services:
UBER DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE SUITABILITY, SAFETY OR ABILITY OF THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS. IT IS SOLELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DETERMINE IF A THIRD PARTY PROVIDER WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS AND EXPECTATIONS. UBER WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND A THIRD PARTY PROVIDER. BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU MAY BE EXPOSED TO SITUATIONS INVOLVING THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS THAT ARE POTENTIALLY UNSAFE, OFFENSIVE, HARMFUL TO MINORS, OR OTHERWISE OBJECTIONABLE, AND THAT USE OF THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS ARRANGED OR SCHEDULED USING THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND JUDGMENT. UBER SHALL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY ARISING FROM OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO YOUR TRANSACTIONS OR RELATIONSHIP WITH THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS.
Stop Blinking and face the stark reality. You may also like to check out Cnet’s Cover Story on the safety of Uber. Uber’s Terms of Service, expressly protect the startup from any responsibility for these tragedies. In this particular case, the police are investigating whether or not some of Uber’s safety promises, such as background checks and location-tracking functionality, were enforced.
It is reasonable to accept that a background verification would not exclusively wipe out all chances of a well planned rape, but the lack of installation of a GPS Tracking system and the compliance of complete statutory requirements mandatory for operations cannot be accepted, especially in a country like India where ‘women safety’ is the need of the hour.
What do you think of Uber’s blatant skirting of laws of the land? Let us know in the comments.