The cab driver who collected BPO employee Pratibha Murthy for work on a December night years ago has been found guilty of raping and murdering her. The judge of a fast-track court in Bangalore who has been hearing the case said he will announce the driver's sentence on Friday.
Pratibha's 80-year-old mother, a widow, sat inside court, tears rolling down her face. Later, she said, "How does he know my pain? I lost my only daughter. My family was smashed. Let him come and see my house. How much pain...."
Pratibha, who worked for a Bangalore call centre, was picked up for the night shift in December 2005 by a driver named Shivakumar. He told her that the driver assigned to her route was on leave, and that he was the replacement. He then allegedly took her to a deserted place on the outskirts of the city and raped and killed her.
The case forced the call centre industry to re-examine the security provided for women employees working on the late shift. BPOs began sending guards with cab drivers to pick up and drop women after Pratibha's death.
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