Only one month after ride-hailing platform Didi resumed its Hitch service during night time after a murder of a female passenger by its driver led to its suspension, another assault has rocked the company’s reputation.

Police in Huai’an city in Jiangsu province have arrested a driver named Liu for the suspected rape of a female passenger, local media is reporting. The driver confessed on July 13th and is waiting for legal processing. The woman surnamed Ma called a driver after a night out with a friend surnamed Chen who exited the car when she arrived at her destination. The driver assaulted the woman while she was drunk and sleeping.

Didi has responded TechNode with a statement saying that the company is in touch with all the parties involved and has provided the police with information on the suspect’s rides and history which was used in the case. Didi also said that the detection rate of criminal offenses on the platform is one hundred percent.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.