Over the past four years, at least 50 sexual harassment and assault incidents by Didi drivers were reported by local media and relevant authorities, according to a report by local media Southern Weekly. Of the 50 drivers, at least 3 of them have previous criminal records, but they managed to pass Didi’s driver identity check procedure. All of the 53 victims are female and seven of them were drunk at the time of the incident, the report added. Beijing, Jiangsu, Guangdong, and Zhejiang are the areas that recorded the most cases.
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Following last week’s murder, Didi fired two executives: the general manager for Hitch and the company’s vice president of customer services. But neither CEO Cheng Wei nor president Liu Qing has extended a personal apology to the public after the repeated tragedies.
[Update] “We see clearly this is because our vanity overtook our original beliefs. We raced non stop riding on the force of breathless expansion and capital through these few years, but this has no meaning in such a tragic loss of life. Throughout the company, we start to question if we are doing the right thing; or even whether we have the right values. There is an enormous amount of self-doubt, guilt and soul-searching.” said Cheng and Liu in an apology released on August 28.