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Court convicts driver: Uber says incident taught ‘lessons’

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New Delhi: Uber on Tuesday welcomed a Delhi court’s decision convicting one of its drivers for raping a 25-year-old woman executive in December last year and said the company has “learnt lessons” from the incident which had triggered a widespread outrage.

32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav was held guilty for the offences under various sections of the IPC and faces a maximum of life term which under the relevant provision means imprisonment till his remaining natural life.

“Sexual assault is a terrible crime and we’re pleased he has now been brought to justice. Safety is a priority for Uber and we’ve made many improvements, in terms of new technology, enhanced background checks and better 24/7 customer support, as a result of the lessons we learned from this awful case,” Uber India president Amit Jain said.

The incident took place on the night of December 5 last year when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was heading back to her house at Inderlok in north west Delhi.