The 25-year-old girl who was raped by an Uber driver in December is now going to sue the taxi hailing company for negligence in the US, where it is headquartered. She is filing a lawsuit against the company, and has even hired a leading lawyer from US to fight her case. Also Read - Get alcohol home delivery online in Delhi using mobile apps, online web portalAlso Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelines
The lawyer Douglas Wigdor is famous for representing the hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault. After the rape case, Uber was banned from many parts if the country, including Delhi. The government in Delhi recently loosened the ropes, and told them that they would be allowed to commence operation if it tweaked its business model according to the Radio Taxi Act of 2006. Also Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
This news of the lawsuit broke out after Wigdor confirmed to Guardian that he was indeed hired by the victim. I can confirm that I have been retained by the young lady who was raped by an Uber driver in Delhi, India, last December, Wigdor told the publication.
Having met extensively with her and her family while in Delhi, I can only compliment them for their bravery and fortitude during this very difficult time. We will use all of our resources to vindicate my client s rights, hold those responsible for their actions and ensure that this doesn t happen again, he added.
The victim is seeking compensation from Uber for the sordid act. Wigdor tells the publication, that he is examining the possibility of asking a US court to exercise jurisdiction in the case. He said there was ‘a substantial body of case law’ to suggest the court would consider doing so.
When the news broke out, CEO of Uber Travis Kalanick had spoken out about the incident, and had offered all the help to bring the perpetrator of the Delhi assault to justice. The company also introduced new security measures and background checks to fill possible loopholes.