This could be the week Uber Technologies Inc. finally grew up. The prospect of being shut out of one of the world’s biggest markets can have that effect on an adolescent company. Last week, Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick's brash approach to business was rewarded with another $1.2-billion (U.S.) from eager investors. Now, the app that gave the world a better way to hail a cab finds itself embroiled in a political crisis that dwarfs anything it has faced to date. Last weekend, an Uber driver in New Delhi called Shiv Kumar Yadav allegedly raped a woman who had fallen asleep in the back of his car. The incident exploded into the biggest story in the country. There have been 25,000 reports of rape in India this year. Home Minister Rajnath Singh calls it a “national shame.” Uber now is associated with that shame.
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