US-based woman to complain against Uber cabbie

New Delhi: A US-based woman, who had tweeted about alleged indecent behaviour of Shiv Kumar Yadav, accused in the Uber rape case, when she had taken his cab during her India visit on November 26, has responded to Delhi police's offer to file a complaint with them in this connection.

Nidhi Shah, who was in India for a week in November, had in a series of tweets on Tuesday said that during her trip in his cab, Yadav had stared at her through the rear view mirror and smiled in a weird way.

Delhi Police contacted her on Twitter and urged her to lodge a complaint with them in this connection. Shah had replied to the police through emails and expressed interest in filing a complaint. She however has expressed some apprehensions and sought some legal opinion over the issue.

"We will formally reply to her and address her queries and wait for her response," said a senior police official. Under the new amendment, staring is also considered an offence and the accused can be booked under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

The Delhi Police has also asked people to come up and complian if the accused driver had ever misbehaved or assaulted anyone.

"@nps2113 If you wish to lodge a police complaint against Shiv Kmr Yadav for his indecent act, please feel free to contact us," a senior official had said in a tweet to Shah yesterday.

He also said that she can file a complain through email if she wants. Shah had also said that she had made a complaint to Uber about this behaviour of their driver. She had also uploaded a picture of the pay slip on Twitter when she hired the cab showing the photograph of the driver and the name.

"They said via email they would check on him. Not soon enough," she said in a tweet. There has been massive uproar on the internet over the issue since the incident.

Delhi Police has filed an FIR against Uber charging it with cheating its customers and defying government orders, has been questioning senior Uber officials for the last three days. The company was banned from operating in the city by Delhi government on Monday.

Shiv Kumar Yadav, who was driving the Uber cab, had allegedly raped the woman on Friday night when the victim, who works for a finance company in Gurgaon, was headed back to her home in north Delhi's Inderlok area.

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