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Uber cab rape case: Driver denies raping, threatening woman

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New Delhi: The Uber cab driver today denied in a Delhi court raping a 25-year-old woman in his taxi last December, terming the charge against him as “false” and saying he had also not threatened to insert a rod, like the December 16, 2012 gangrape case.

32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, recording his statement before Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja, claimed innocence, saying he was falsely implicated in the case as he had not raped the woman.

In his deposition, he claimed that after boarding the vehicle, the woman started crying and he “overheard her talking to someone on the mobile saying though she will marry her fiance Akshay, what Ayush (friend) did with her was not right”.


Maintaining that it was wrong to say that the woman had slept off after boarding his cab on December 5, 2014, he claimed she had started crying after sometime. When he asked her what had happened, she replied it was not his business, Yadav said.

“It is incorrect that I misbehaved with the woman at the rear seat of the car or that she tried to push me away and tried to open the door or that she screamed after which I slapped her several times.

“It is incorrect that I threatened to insert rod in her as it was done (by convicts) in December 16, 2012 gangrape case… It is incorrect that I raped her,” Yadav testified, adding that he had not tried to strangulate the woman or cause injuries to her.

Yadav said he does not know if the woman had identified him in the court corridor when she had come to Tis Hazari court to record her statement before a magistrate when he was there for Test Identification Parade (TIP) proceedings, in which he had refused to participate.

The court fixed the case for tomorrow for recording defence evidence, starting with the statement of Yadav’s wife.

The court has already recorded statements of 28 prosecution witnesses including the victim who had identified Yadav as the one who had raped her.

During recording of his statement, Yadav claimed that after boarding the cab, the woman had asked him to take her to Inderlok via Dhaula Kuan and Punjabi Bagh. He also testified that he was not arrested by the police, rather he had surrendered before the cops near a marriage hall in Mathura. He said he had not admitted to committing any offence in his disclosure statement given to the investigating officer and does not know how his DNA was found on the woman’s body.

He said he had dropped the woman at her house in Inderlok and after parking her car outside Chapan Bigha Park in Sarai Rohilla, he noticed that the woman had left her mobile phone in the cab.

“I received a call from the woman on her phone and she requested me to return her phone and I went to her house and handed over the mobile to her,” he claimed.

The prosecution has completed recording of evidence in the case as part of the fast-track trial in just 17 days.
The prosecution, which had cited 44 witnesses in the charge sheet, examined 28 of them, dropping 16 saying they were not relevant.

The court had framed charges in the case on January 13 and the trial commenced on January 15. A forensic expert had told the court that the samples, lifted from the cab, had matched with the DNA profiling of the accused and the victim.

The court has framed charges against Yadav under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for alleged offences of endangering a woman’s life while raping her, kidnapping with an intent to compel her for marriage, criminally intimidating and causing hurt.