Can an app make Indian women safer? Help us annotate Uber’s statement on the Delhi rape

CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, promises a safer Delhi.
CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, promises a safer Delhi.
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A statement from Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick was published on the ride-hailing service’s blog today, after a young woman accused an Uber driver of rape in New Delhi on Dec. 5.

In the post, Kalanick promises to work with the government to “help bring this perpetrator to justice.” He also pledged to make “New Delhi a safer city for women.”

This is before the Delhi government issued another statement banning Uber from the national capital.

Kalanick’s blog post is pasted below and not edited. You can annotate any of the two paragraphs below by hovering over the text and clicking the quote bubble that appears to the right. More about Quartz annotations here.

Statement from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

What happened over the weekend in New Delhi is horrific. Our entire team’s hearts go out to the victim of this despicable crime. 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.

We will work with the government to establish clear background checks currently absent in their commercial transportation licensing programs. We will also partner closely with the groups who are leading the way on women’s safety here in New Delhi and around the country and invest in technology advances to help make New Delhi a safer city for women.