The first female driver of Uber, Veerath Bharathi succumbed to death after she was discovered suspended by the neck on Monday evening. A resident of Bengaluru, Veerath Bharathi started working with Uber in 2013 when she became the first woman to start driving for the company.
Uber India recalls that Bharathi was one of the most efficient drivers and top women driver partners. “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 in an email interaction with Shethepeople.TV.
Bharathi was a 39-year-old female pioneer of Uber who was from Warangal originally. She was found hanging around 7p.m. post which, the neighbours signalled the police. There is no evidence of forced entry into the house, which makes it seem like a suicide case. However, the post-mortem is awaited which will clear many doubts said TR Suresh, DCP North to The News Minute.
Bharathi broke the glass ceiling by becoming a driver, a profession that is highly male-dominated. She was wooed by Uber to join them and she did. She was happy with her work and the customers she drove with as reported by The Hindu. The 39-year-old cab driver was not just the first female cab driver for Uber, she was also one of the few women who took to cab driving in the city. A few years back, she quit her tailoring job to work with an NGO. She learnt car driving while working in the NGO after which she joined Angel’s City Cabs- an all-women cab service. She bought a Ford Fiesta with the money she had saved and registered herself with Uber.
The reason for her alleged suicide is still unknown. However, it is speculated that Bharathi was keen on shifting back to Warangal.