Updated 10:45 am 29 August 2018: Didi CEO Cheng Wei and president Liu Qing have issued an official apology to the public on August 28. The post is updated to include the information.

Didi’s latest scandal involving the death of a 21-year old girl murdered by her Didi Hitch driver put the China ride-sharing giant under severe public scrutiny. An investigation by local media shows deeper problems.

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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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.