India’s first woman cab driver found dead in her Bengaluru home

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Veerath Bharathi
Veerath Bharathi: The first women cab driver

Uber India’s first women cab driver, Veerath Bharathi was found dead in her house in Bengaluru on June 26. Bharathi’s body was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her rented flat.

India’s first women cab driver, 39- year-old Bharathi learnt driving in 2007 and later bought Ford Fiesta. She came into headlines when she became India’s first official cab driver for Uber. Bharathi was a resident of Warangal in Western Andhra Pradesh, now in Telangana.

She shifted to Bengaluru in 2005 where she used to live alone in a rented house. Before coming into this profession she used to work as a tailor but since she couldn’t make much money from it, she went to an NGO and became a driver.

“Bharathi was a positive person and one of our top women driver partners. She was an inspiration to many driver partners and riders,” said Uber in a statement.

According to her landlord Shankar, Bharati was in a state of depression since last few days.

“A couple of days ago, she told me that she was frustrated being single…Otherwise, she had no financial problems and was paying a rent of Rs 6, 500,” Shankar quoted to a media channel.

The case came to the Bengaluru police on June 27 evening when the landlord of the house found her body hanging in her flat. He pulled down the body on the floor and rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead.

According to the post-mortem reports, there were no marks of forceful activity on her body.

Shankar said he found Bharathi’s cab abandoned since Sunday but couldn’t trace her presence.

There were no signs of forceful entry or outer interference in the cab driver’s house, the police said.

Her death has been treated as a case of suicide, though the police couldn’t find any suicide letter from her home.