On June 24, a 65-year-old resident of Marine Drive, rushed to the police station to bail out his domestic help when he found she had stolen his house. He had treated her like his daughter.
On June 3, the Nagpada police arrested a 19-year-old boy working with an elderly couple for stealing valuables worth Rs 11 lakh from their house. Initially, when the police suspected his involvement in the theft, the couple didn’t allow them to question him. He was family to them.
In another instance, when the Juhu police arrested a domestic help for stealing valuables from the JVPD residence of his elderly employers, the couple refused to believe their accusation. They trusted their help completely.
“It is the fear of losing the only person who does their household chores, takes care of them and all their needs. They are alone and don’t have anyone to talk to or help them. So when they get this one person who is willing to work for them, they do not want to lose him at any cost,” said Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Dayal.
“If the domestic help is arrested for stealing, they weigh the pros and cons and accordingly take a decision. At their age money is not important,” Dayal added.
“We have witnessed several cases where we arrested the domestic helps for stealing from their employers, who are senior citizens. The employers however, refused to believe their trusted employees could be involved in such a crime,” said a police official.
Many senior citizens are apprehensive of registering their domestic helps with the police. They fear the helps would quit their job if they were registered, say the police.