Bharathi Veerath, India's First Female Uber Driver, Was Just Found Dead

Bharathi Veerath, India's First Female Uber Driver, Was Just Found Dead

Bharathi Veerath, one of India's first female licensed cab drivers and Uber's first-ever female driver was found dead Monday.

While an investigation is still underway, the death is likely a suicide. The 39-year-old's body was discovered by her landlord in Nagashetty Halli in Bangaluru. 

"The body has been sent for post-mortem," T.R. Suresh, Deputy Commissioner of Police, told the News Minute. "We will get a clear picture of what exactly happened once we get the reports. We did not find any suicide note and there were also no signs of forceful entry."

Veerath had cultivated a reputation for herself with her work ethic. She moved to Bangaluru in 2005, where she first worked as a tailor, then at a travel agency, before finding employment at a non-governmental organization, where she learned how to drive. Thus began her career as a taxi driver. 

Speaking to the News Minute just weeks prior to her death, Veerath explained how difficult becoming a female driver was given the absence of professional and social support for women to enter the field. Yet, challenges notwithstanding, she was still grateful for having become a taxi driver.

"I've never had any bad experience with any customer," she said. "I've had a comfortable driving experience with passengers and they too have been appreciative."

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