The appeal in the top court seeking enhanced safety for women and guidelines for victims of sexual harassment comes as a number of women have gone public with their experiences on social media. Several have expressed unhappiness about the support they received from the California-based firm.
The court asked the Centre to respond to suggestions made by amicus curiae Indira Jaising regarding the safety and protection of women in public transport.
Ms Jaising pointed out that Uber has been banned in London after it refused to subject itself to the jurisdiction of British courts. A similar provision should be in place in India so such companies can't evade legal action if incidents of rape or sexual harassment take place inside cabs, perpetrated by the drivers. Ms Jaising also said there is no uniformity of procedure among the states when it comes to dealing with sexual harassment in public transport.
In 2014, after the rape of woman by an Uber driver in Delhi made international headlines, Uber was temporarily banned in Delhi. The driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In June this year, the woman, who now lives in Texas, sued Uber and its then chief executive Travis Kalanick for illegally obtaining and sharing her medical records related to the sexual assault. It was alleged that the Uber executives were working under the assumption that the assault allegations were fabricated by their chief competitor in India, Ola, to sabotage the company.