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Uber: former driver convicted of rape in New Delhi

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By Euronews with Reuters
Uber: former driver convicted of rape in New Delhi
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A court in India has convicted a former driver with US-based private hire company Uber of raping a woman passenger.

Shiv Kumar Yadav was found guilty of rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation. He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The woman passenger was raped and beaten after she hailed Yadav’s cab in New Delhi last December.

The attack sparked a nationwide debate in India about women’s safety.

The authorities in New Delhi banned Uber after the incident last year.

They said the company violated rules and failed to run proper background checks on its drivers.

Uber later resumed operation, having improved its safety procedures.

Lawyers for Yadav say they plan to appeal.