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The Delhi state government banned Uber Technologies Inc. immediately from operating in the Indian capital after a passenger accused one of its drivers of raping her two days ago.
The company is also “blacklisted” from providing transport services in the future, according to a statement from Delhi’s Transport Department. Uber’s co-founder today joined Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh in vowing justice for the victim, 26, who told authorities that she fell asleep in the taxi and woke up to find the driver molesting her.
“What happened over the weekend in New Delhi is horrific,” Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive officer, said in a blog post. “We will do everything, I repeat, everything to help bring this perpetrator to justice and to support the victim and her family in her recovery.”
The ban and rape allegation threatens to hurt Uber’s business in India, its largest market outside the U.S. by number of cities. It comes days before the second anniversary of the December 2012 gang rape and murder of a student in a moving Delhi bus, which shocked the nation and prompted India to tighten rape laws.
Karun Arya, a spokesman for Uber, declined to immediately comment on the ban and said he’d share an update in the next few hours.