BEIJING вЂ” Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has fired two executives and will suspend one of its carpooling services nationwide starting Monday after a woman was allegedly raped and killed by a driver in eastern China, the company said Sunday.
The moves come as the countryвЂ™s largest online ride-hailing platform scrambles to address public complaints it isnвЂ™t doing enough to ensure the safety of its users who it says book 30 million rides daily.
The killing of the female passenger on Friday was the latest violent crime involving a Didi driver, only three months after another Didi driver allegedly killed a flight attendant.
Police in the city of Yueqing in Zhejiang province said they arrested a Didi driver who admitted raping and killing the 20-year-old woman on Friday. On Saturday, Didi Chuxing apologized, saying it has вЂњinescapable responsibilityвЂќ for the incident.
The victim had used the carpooling service in the afternoon and after getting into a car had sent a text message to her friends calling for help, police said.
Didi Chuxing will halt its вЂњHitchвЂќ service at midnight on Monday, it said, referring to a carpooling service, one of several ride-hailing options available on DidiвЂ™s platform.