A 40-year-old woman cab driver was found dead in her rented house in Bengaluru’s northwest suburb, police said on Tuesday. Veerath Bharathi was one of the early women taxi drivers in the city who had joined the all-women cab service, Angel City Cabs two years ago and later registered her vehicle with aggregator Uber, the online personal transportation firm.
“It appears to be a case of suicide, as the victim’s (V. Bharathi) body was found hanging by a cloth-like rope from the ceiling of a room by her landlord on Monday night,” Sanjay Nagar police inspector Prakash told IANS.
Bharathi had quit her tailoring job and joined Sangama, an NGO that worked for sexual minorities. She learnt driving during her stint at the NGO and went on to join an all-woman cab service, Angel City Cabs, before enlisting with Uber in 2014.
While no suicide note was found in her house, police registered a case of unnatural death and shifted the body to a state-run hospital for autopsy to ascertain the cause of her death.
“The landlord went to the third floor of his house where Bharathi was staying in the rented portion to check her whereabouts as he did not see her again since Sunday night and found her body hanging through the room’s window and alerted us,” Prakash recalled.
Hailing from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Bharathi was staying alone in the house as she was single and orphaned. Her cab was found parked in front of the house in Nagashettyhalli colony.
(With inputs from agencies)