An Uber Technologies Inc. driver in New Delhi has been arrested after a rider alleged he raped her, police said.
The driver was arrested and remanded to custody, Rajan Bhagat, a spokesman for the local police, said in a phone interview. The police is considering action against Uber, Bhagat said, without giving details.
The rape allegation, days before the second anniversary of the December 2012 gang rape and murder of a medical student in a moving Delhi bus, threatens to hurt Uber’s business in India just months after the San Francisco-based mobile car-booking service got into trouble with the nation’s central bank over its payment gateway. Uber said in a blog post that upon being notified of the rape allegations, it provided authorities with details including the name, age and photograph of the driver.
“Safety is our #1 priority and in India, Uber exclusively partners with registered for-hire drivers who have undergone the commercial licensing process, hold government issued IDs, state- issued permits, and carry full commercial insurance,” Uber said in the statement, posted on its website. “We will also work with the community, with government and the technology industry to find more ways to promote safety in transportation, particularly for women.”
The maker of the ride-hailing application now operates in 11 cities in India, making the nation its biggest market after the U.S. It started a service on Nov. 20 using very small cars under the brand UberGO.