Alarmed at the kidnapping of 18-month-old Ishaan Singh by his recently-hired nanny, resident welfare associations (RWAs) across the Capital want to seek the help of local police to make residents understand the need to get their domestic servants verified.
"There is such a large influx of labour from other regions that it becomes difficult to track each person who is being employed as domestic help," says Rajiv Kakria, member of the Greater Kailash RWA. "It must also be ensured that if a servant moves from one locality to another, his records are made transferable between two police stations."
While the verification process is lengthy and often seen as futile, members across RWAs felt it was the responsibility of the residents to carry out the process. Most RWAs have begun conducting camps along with the local police on a quarterly basis to generate awareness among the residents about the importance of verification.
"People don't usually care about verification since it is not foolproof. But in light of what has been happening, it is the duty of the police and the residents together to ensure that all those employed as temporary and permanent helps, are verified," says PK Roy, Secretary of the EPDP Association in CR Park.
According to the Delhi Police, while 29,815 domestic helps were verified in the year 2010 as many as 6,650 have been verified till April 15.