Indian Uber Driver Gets Life for Rape!

There’s a victory for women in India today!

On Tuesday Indian Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav, was sentenced to life in prison for raping a passenger in his car last December.

The case has been the cause of massive protests for women’s safety and against sexual violence for months now.

Judge Kaveri Baweja found the driver guilty of kidnapping, criminal intimidation, rape, and endangering the woman’s life. In court Tuesday, she sentenced Yadav to “rigorous imprisonment for life which shall mean imprisonment till his remaining natural life.”

According to reports, Yadav’s wife, father, and two daughters  began wailing in the courtroom as the judge announced the verdict.

Life in prison is the maximum sentence for a nonfatal rape in India, and his lawyer already said they plan to appeal.

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The victim who ordered the Uber filed a lawsuit against Uber in a United States court seeking unspecified damages, and accusations the company failed to properly investigate the driver’s background.

The case was settled out of court but Uber payed a much bigger price.

After the rape, officials in New Delhi banned all  ride-hailing apps and Uber temporarily lost their license to operate in the Indian Capital.

There’s been a consistent problem with sexual assault and protection of women in India. This year alone massive protests erupted calling for new measures.

The push forced legislation to rush legislation that criminalizes voyeurism, stalking, and the trafficking of women. The law also makes it illegal for police to refuse to open a case when a complaint has been made.

Slowly but surely, women in India for the win!

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.