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India’s Rape Statistics – Uber Issues Update To App

Concerns over India’s rape statistics has caused Uber to update their mobile app:

It’s a sad day when a company as venerable (and new) as Uber decides they need to update their app to protect their female users against rape in India. India’s rape statistics have been a great concern to both the government and to travelers for a number of years as rapes and gang rapes of women have been reported in almost every state in India.

Rape and groping is often denied by police, as in the most recent cases (caught on video) on New Year’s Eve, 2016 in Bangalore, India. (See and

Uber itself became a part of the problem in December, 2014 when a woman alleged rape by a New Delhi driver. The trial of the driver, 32-year-old Shiv Kumar Yadav, is ongoing. New Delhi is of special concern to both local women and travelers as more women were raped in Delhi than...

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