India clamps down on unregistered taxis after Uber rape claim

By REUTERS   gulfnews.com

New Delhi: India ordered state governments to halt the operations of all unregistered, web-based taxi companies on Tuesday after a female passenger reported she was raped in New Delhi by a driver contracted to US cab company Uber.

The case has caused uproar in India after it emerged that the suspect had previously been charged for rape but had obtained a character reference signed by a police officer that was forged.

It has also revealed a failure to regulate the booming market for app-based taxi services in India. The Delhi transport department said it ordered Uber to cease operations on Monday by post.

“Such service providers which are not licensed … are prohibited to operate till they get themselves registered,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament, where several lawmakers grilled him over the lack of women’s safety in the capital. More info

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