Shiv Kumar Yadav has also been convicted of criminal intimidation and kidnapping, the prosecution lawyer told the BBC. He had pleaded not guilty.

A 26-year-old woman was taken to a secluded area and raped after booking a journey home with Uber in December.

Delhi later banned Uber and several other web-based taxi firms for failing to carry out adequate driver checks.

The company apologised for the incident at the time and acknowledged that it ?must do better?.

The woman had also filed a lawsuit against the service in a US court, which was later settled out of court.

Rape has been in focus in India since a 23-year-old student was gang-raped and murdered on a bus in Delhi in December 2012, which prompted global outrage and a tightening of laws on sexual violence.

Correspondents, however, say tougher laws have failed to bring down the number of rape cases and a series of high-profile crimes have taken place since then.

Last week there was outrage in the capital after two children were raped on the same day, while a week earlier, a child was raped and slashed with a sharp object, and found unconscious near a railway track.



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