The inspiring ride is over: Uber India’s first woman taxi driver found dead in Bengaluru
BENGALURU: When Bharathi Veerath joined Uber two years ago as a a cab driver in Bengaluru, she made the front pages. Last evening, she was discovered hanging in the home where she lived alone. Her death is being treated as a case of suicide, though no suicide letter has been found.
Bharathi made headlines when she became Uber India’s first female driver in 2013. She migrated from Warangal to Bengaluru in search of a job in 2005. She had a tailoring job for a while before she moved on to working with a travel agency.
With the help of an NGO, she learnt driving in 2007 and eventually bought a Ford Fiesta.
“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.
Ms Veerath, who moved to Bengaluru from Andhra Pradesh ten years ago according to local media, lived alone. Her body was found by her landlord, who has told the police that Ms Veerath, 39, had informed him that she planned to move back to Andhra soon.
“It appears to be a case of suicide, as the victim’s (V. Bharathi) body was found hanging by a cloth-like rope from the ceiling of a room by her landlord on Monday night,” police officer Prakash told news agency IANS.
“The landlord went to the third floor of his house where Bharathi was staying in the rented portion to check her whereabouts as he did not see her again since Sunday night and found her body hanging through the room’s window and alerted us,” he disclosed.