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'Crucial to understand needs of domestic helps'

Nida Khan, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, January 12, 2013
First Published: 13:00 IST(12/1/2013) | Last Updated: 13:02 IST(12/1/2013)

When different sections of society are raising voices over safety of women after Delhi gangrape incident, the domestic helps too seem to be concerned about their safety within walls.

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The issue of rights of domestic helps came up in a meet organised by NGOs Sangini Gender Resource Centrex and Ghareloo Kaamgar Mahila Adhikaar Sangh on Wednesday.

As the rights of the domestic helps were discussed, the issue of their safety was also raised. Social Welfare Board chairperson, Sarita Deshpande, requested the workers to ensure that their young daughters do not accompany them to work, as they are the most vulnerable sections when exploitation cases have been looked into.

She added, "It is crucial for people to understand the needs and requirements of the domestic helps in order to make a completely comfortable atmosphere for them."

Interacting with HT, Prathna Mishra, head of Sangini said, "We do have a cell called the Kishore Yuva Manch, which trains girls on issues of gender sensitisation and women awareness. After the tragic case of Delhi gangrape, our focus is to make young girls aware about the helpline so that they reach out to us in times of emergencies."

Asha Sikarpar, member of Sangini, while delivering a speech to the workers, stressed on the importance of self-respect in the lives of the domestic helps. She urged the children of the labourers not to be ashamed of the working status of their family.

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