The two domestic help arrested for the murder of Juhu-resident Kavita Suchak and her driver Prakash Bagve had not been registered with the police. The incident took place on August 30. The accused — Ramsingh Badila and Teksingh Badila from Nepal — had been working for the family for the last few years.
During interrogations, the police also found that Nepali workers often sold their jobs to people from their village.
“This happened in the case of the Juhu double murders. One of the Nepali servants, who had been working with the Suchaks for over four years, had referred his friend and accomplice in the crime to the Suchaks, for which he received money,” said Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police (zone 9).
The police also found several other instances in which Nepali workers found better job opportunities and sold their jobs for Rs50,000 to their friends or acquaintances from Nepal, added Dighavkar. This practice is dangerous because when an old help refers another person, the employers usually hire them without getting them registered with the police. The police said the duo had robbery cases registered against them at MIDC and Borivli police stations.
Such incidents occur despite several requests by the Mumbai police to get domestic help registered, they added.
The police said in many cases, employers are scared to approach the police because they think the help would get offended and leave the job. “Families feel it is hard to find domestic help. What they do not realise is that without checking the backgrounds, they are risking not only their valuables but also their lives,” said a senior crime branch officer.
The police said registering their servants is easy because they only require the help’s photograph and residential address.