Uber woman cab driver found dead

Last Updated 28 June 2016, 21:01 IST

V Bharathi, 40, one of Bengaluru’s first woman cab drivers, is suspected to have committed suicide at her rented house in Nagashettihalli, Sanjaynagar, on Monday evening.

Neighbours, who got suspicious as her house door was left ajar, called for her, but she didn’t respond. When they peeped in, they found her hanging with a dupatta from a hook in the wall.

Shankar Singh, the landlord, called the jurisdictional Sanjaynagar police.

Bharathi was a native of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, and had moved to Nagashettihalli around 10 months ago.

A spinster, she was living alone. Her parents had died around eight years ago. She is survived by a sister who lives in Guntur.

Police said they didn’t find any suicide note, but suspect Bharathi was “very depressed” in life. She bought a car on a bank loan and started driving it for cab aggregator Uber.

Her neighbours remembered her as a disciplined woman and workaholic. She would leave for work in the morning and get back by evening.

Other tenants in the building said she was friendly and would help people in need. Over the past two days, she was often remembering her parents.

She also mentioned that she was slipping into depression and could not handle the loneliness.

The other tenants in the building persuaded her to marry but she said she was not interested in marriage, they said.

She had also told them that she wanted to go back to her native place and spend the rest of her life with her sister.

When contacted, Uber officials said Bharathi was a hard worker and a role model for other women to lead an independent life.

She was a positive woman and never complained about anything, added the police.
Bharathi’s sister told the police that she last visited her hometown in January 2016. She also spoke to her 10 days ago. She never spoke about being upset but was remembering her parents.

Shankar Singh, owner of the house, told Deccan Herald, “We used to just exchange pleasantries and she was well-mannered... there were no complaints about her. She used to work for an NGO, where she was trained in driving, after which she bought a car and started driving it for Uber. We were also told that she was taking natural medicines for depression but she never looked depressed and always wore a smile.”

A few of her friends told the police that she wanted to become a driver after watching a Telugu movie, in which the actor is a taxi driver. Sanjay Nagar police have registered a case.

(Published 28 June 2016, 21:00 IST)

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