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Uber really safe for the passenger? Recent kidnap attempt of a girl raises questions on company’s global claims

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Zain Zubair
Zain Zubair
Zain Zubair is a staff writer for World News Observer. He is studying ACCA in Pakistan. Besides Accountancy and writing pieces, he loves cooking and nature photography. Zain has attended various modern journalism workshops. Contact: [email protected]
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In a recent incident of Uber that raises questions about the safety of private transport companies for teenagers, the US reported that a driver working for the company “Uber” in the United States, kidnapped a 15-year-old girl and tried to rape, after asking to take her home.

On the evening of Friday, July 12, in the Long Island Beach town, the girl asked for a car from Uber’s application to return home from her friend’s birthday party, which was scheduled to take 30 minutes to arrive. But one of the parents’ worst fears came when the driver did not bring the girl home safely.

Instead, the driver kidnapped her and tried to take her to his Brooklyn residence, where he planned to sexually assault her, prosecutors said. Fortunately for the girl, she managed to escape after convincing the driver that she just wanted to go to the bathroom and quickly entered a McDonald’s restaurant and called the police.


The 32-year-old driver was actually arrested four days after the accident and was charged with kidnapping, attempting to assault a girl and illegal detention. The charges are punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Although the company does not allow unaccompanied passengers under 18, it is customary in the United States for teenagers to use Uber.

There were number of incident including kidnapping, assaulting, over charging and the ransom demands reported in various countries specially in Asia against Uber drivers and certain measures were taken by the governments to limit the attempts of Uber drivers. civil societies demanded the company to ensure the safety of passengers.

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