Delhi woman who sued Uber over rape claim withdraws suit

SAN FRANCISCO • A woman who sued Uber after accusing one of its drivers of raping her in India has ended her lawsuit against the company, according to a court filing .

The passenger, who reported being raped and beaten after hailing a ride with the Uber driver in New Delhi last year, sued the online car service in a United States federal court in San Francisco in January, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.

The court filing on Tuesday, which said that the case was voluntarily dismissed by the unidentified woman, did not disclose any details on how the case was settled. Representatives for Uber and the woman declined to comment.

In the lawsuit, the 26-year-old woman, who resides in Delhi, said she was raped by the driver on Dec 6 after she fell asleep in the vehicle.

Calling Uber the "modern-day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking", the woman said the company's background check procedures and other safety measures were inadequate and fell well short of what is required by transportation providers in India. "Buyer beware - we all know how those horror movies end," the lawsuit stated.

Earlier this year, both sides had agreed to participate in private mediation to try to resolve the lawsuit, according to court filings.

But Uber also argued in court filings that the woman had sued the wrong corporate entity as the driver had a contract with Uber B.V., a Netherlands-based entity with no US operations. It also asked a judge in April to throw out the woman's lawsuit in San Francisco.

The driver was arrested while he was on the verge of fleeing to Nepal, according to the complaint. He appeared in court last December.

Uber could not help track down the alleged culprit, who had previously been accused of rape and sexual assaults, said the complaint.

Uber's chief executive Travis Kalanick at the time called the incident "horrific" and pledged to help "bring this perpetrator to justice".

The rape allegation triggered protests in India, one of Uber's largest markets outside the US by the number of cities covered.

REUTERS, BLOOMBERG

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2015, with the headline 'Delhi woman who sued Uber over rape claim withdraws suit'. Print Edition | Subscribe