Bengaluru's first woman cab driver found dead

28 Jun 2016 | By Nandita

Bharathi Veerath, the first woman cab driver in Bangalore, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her rented house in Sanjay Nagar. The body was found hanging from a ceiling in a sitting position.

Police have filed a case of suicide and are waiting for the post-mortem report to investigate the cause of death.

Neighbours are being questioned by the police regarding Bharathi's activities.

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StruggleJourney of India's first female cabbie- Bharathi Veerath

Bharathi Veertha had moved to Bengaluru from her hometown in the neighbouring state of Telangana, Warangal in 2005.

She started working as a tailor and then moved to a travel agency. Later, she joined Sangama, an NGO where she learnt to drive.

In 2013 Bharathi went on to get a driving licence and a job at Bengaluru's all-woman cab service, Angel City Cabs.

Being a part of UberUber India's first female driver

Bharathi Veerath joined Uber in 2013 and became the company's first cab driver in India.

Bharathi raised a loan and purchased a Ford Fiesta car, in 2014.

She also drove India's most famous female corporate leaders, Biocon CEO Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.

Bharathi said in an interview, "For a woman, it's tough to get family support for this profession, "I took this job as a challenge."

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Bharathi Veerath's driving experience

In an interview to The News Minute, Bharathi said, ''I've never had any bad experience with any customer. I've had a comfortable driving experience with passengers, and they too have been appreciative.''

28 Jun 2016Bengaluru's first woman cab driver found dead

Reactions on Bharathi's Veerath's death

"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,'' said Uber spokesperson.