The driver allegedly sexually assaulted the 25-year-old woman before threatening to kill her if she alerted police. Investigators found a taxi that was abandoned by the 32-year-old driver but are still looking for him, Alma Ming, a New Delhi police officer, said.
The woman, an executive for a finance company, dozed off in the taxi as she was returning home from dinner with friends on Friday night, media reported on Sunday.
The woman has told police she woke to find the taxi parked in a secluded place where the driver assaulted and raped her, before dumping her near her home in north New Delhi.
The woman clicked a photograph of the car’s number plate and then reported the crime to police, an officer told the Press Trust of India news agency.
“We have identified the cab company and the driver, who is in his mid-30s. Raids are being conducted to nab him,” the officer said.
US-based Uber is gaining popularity in India, especially among young, urban workers who use its smartphone app to connect with and pay for local drivers.
The alleged attack is a blow to Uber’s reputation in India, where women are extremely safety-conscious after dark following a string of rapes that led to global shock and anger.