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Cops say increase in crime by hired help

After a year of lull, 2011 has again seen a spurt in crimes by domestic help. Jatin Anand reports.

delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2011 23:52 IST
Jatin Anand

After a year of lull, 2011 has again seen a spurt in crimes by domestic help.

Just a week after a juvenile was arrested from Bihar for murdering his 42-year-old employer, the police suspect a domestic help, of Nepali-origin and hired recently, drugged his 55-year-old businessman employer and his family before ransacking their residence in west Delhi on Thursday morning.

“There have been at least three incidents involving domestic servants so far in 2011. Last year, domestic servants were not found to have been involved in any crime against their employers,” said additional DCP Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson for Delhi Police.

On March 7, the police arrested Ranjit for slitting his jeweller employer’s wife Kiran Soni. According to the police, Ranjit and his accomplices killed the 62-year-old when she resisted their robbery attempt at her house in northeast Delhi’s Harsh Vihar.

“The very next day, we busted a gang of persons of Nepali-origin who used to join houses as domestic helps before drugging and robbing them. The kingpin, Deepak, 21, was apprehended from east Delhi’s Shakarpur for drugging and robbing a senior citizen couple in Vikaspuri on January 28,” said a senior police officer from the west district.

According to the figures available with the Delhi Police, domestic helps have been found to be behind as many as 2,674 thefts, 45 murders and 43 robberies in the last decade alone — a fact that prompted them to initiate door-to-door survey to verify credentials in 2008.

“We keep stressing the need to get domestic helps verified again and again but not many residents listen to us. Senior citizens are among the most vulnerable victims and need to get their recently-hired domestic helps verified in order to ensure their own safety,” additional DCP Bhagat added.