Uber India’s first female driver, Veerath Bharathi, was found dead in her house in Nagashettyhalli in north Bengaluru on Monday evening. The 39-year-old, who was working with Uber, was found hanging in her house around 7 pm on Monday by her neighbours following which the police was immediately alerted.
Bharathi, a native of Warangal in Telangana, used to live alone in her house. She came here in 2005 in search of a job to support her family. She worked as a tailor first; later on, she learned driving with the help of an NGO Sangama in 2007 and got herself a driving license.
Working for about seven years with the NGO, she joined an all-woman cab service called Angel City Cabs and worked with them for about a year and then went on to join Uber. Five months after she joined Uber she became the face of their campaign on woman’s day when she bought herself a new car and drove the CEO of Biocon and was highly praised.
Bharathi, who worked from 12 pm to around 1 am, did not usually wait in places where she was not comfortable in. Bharathi talked about her experiences as a woman in a domain which is still very male-centric and why more women cab drivers are needed. She always had a comfortable experience with her passengers who enjoyed her company too.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Bharathi Veerath. Bharathi was a positive person and one of our top women driver partners. She was an inspiration to many driver partners and riders. Our thoughts are with her family,” said Uber spokesperson.
TR Suresh, DCP north said that the body has been sent for post-mortem, after which they will get a clear picture of the happening. However, there was neither suicide note found nor any signs of forceful entry near the body. It has been thought of as a case of suicide for now.