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Reuters Photo Credit: Policemen escort driver Shiv Kumar Yadav (3rd R in black jacket) who is accused of a rape outside a court in New Delhi December 8, 2014.

Government’s reaction to Uber is like throwing the baby out with the bath water

09 December, 2014

The Delhi government has clearly overreacted on the Uber driver rape case by banning all mobile app- based cab services in one stroke. What have the cab services got to do with the rape incident?

It just reminds us of the classic cliche – throw the baby out with the bath water. 

Of course, Uber should have had better systems and processes to check the drivers’ antecedents and records so that it could have reduced chances of having a bad guy driving the car. Even if they had stringent background screening processes, theoretically none could have avoided a potential rapist sneaking in to the system.

So banning all mobile app-based cab services is like banning all airlines for a pilot misbehaving with a woman passenger.

The government has lost the wisdom. 

The government has essentially pinned the blame on the easy target here, which is an international cab booking company or scores of young entrepreneurs-backed, venture capital-funded companies like Ola Cabs and Taxi For Sure.

The government is clearly ill-advised.

Now we hear that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked all state governments to ban Uber or such cab services in all states where they are operating.

There can’t be a response as daft as this. 

Former home secretary and now BJP MP RK Singh has indicated that there is a case for implicating Uber as a co-accused in the rape case—another classic case of overreaction.

The question is simple. If services like Uber and Ola were illegally plying in India, then what were transport departments doing? They should have caught them much earlier and asked them to comply with government rules. Why were they waiting for a rape incident to wake up and take action?

Now should we disband all transport departments because of this lapse? 


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4 Comments
neha@singhi.com . 3 years ago

Well said Sahad

M . 3 years ago

I am a woman, and even though I do agree that Taxi Services should have clear background checks for the drivers, banning Uber or similar companies does not solve the issue at hand! Having a secure environment for women in the country is the responsibility of the government and civil society, both. Issuing silly bans for app-driven taxi services will not stop taxi drivers with licences to never commit horrific crimes such as rape!

We definitely ask the government to respond more maturely and start creating a safer environment for women in Delhi and the rest of the country.

Viki Patel . 3 years ago

Mr. Sahad

Airplane pilots don’t ever fall in a situation where they have to fly a only women passenger.

Many years of meru have not reported such a incident Vs Uber which is one year old in India has a rape case already – itself talks about how the system of Uber works and is irresponsible.

Yes collateral damage is OK – if this gives loud message to industry and all involved, that you cannot make money and not be irresponsible for side effects.

Prabha . 3 years ago

Many years of Meru have not reported such a incident Vs Uber which is one year old in India has a rape case

This is a fallacious argument, say someone falls because of a pothole while walking on the road.. you don’t say so many people walk on the road but never had problem because of the pothole, so there must be a problem with the person who fell..Maybe he should have been more careful while walking on the road in India

We should be fixing the pothole problem first rather than blaming the person who fell into it

Government’s reaction to Uber is like throwing the baby out with the bath water

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