"The transport department has banned all activities related to providing of any transport service by www.uber.com with immediate effect. The department has also blacklisted the company from providing any transport service in the NCT of Delhi in future," the government said in a statement obtained by The Times of India.
A Delhi court officially charged the accused rapist, Shiv Kumar Yadav, on Monday. The court is considering taking action for Uber's failure to run a background check on its drivers, after it was discovered that Yadav was arrested for sexual assault three years ago.
Delhi police told Reuters that the driver dropped the victim at home after the attack, warning her not to talk about the incident. The victim managed to snap a picture of the driver's vehicle and note his driver number, and used it to alert the authorities.
Ahead of the ban, Uber founder Travis Kalanick, issued the following statement, obtained by The Times of India:
This news is yet another black mark for both Uber and India, with the former facing increased scrutiny over its drivers here in the United States and abroad, and the latter adding to its long and troubling history of sexual assault.
"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."