A day after a domestic help allegedly fled with valuables from doctor couple house, she was arrested from Delhi.
Gulshan Khatoon, hailing from Jharkhand, was accused of stealing $500 (around Rs 32,000), 10 gold bangles, five gold rings, six gold chains from doctor couple’s house in Manimajra was hired from a Delhi-based company four days back. She is yet to be brought back to the city.
Khatoon’s involvement in crime is not an isolated case. On April 29, former municipal councillor, MPS Chawla, had reported theft of his purse having Rs 70,000, his wife’s purse having a diamond ring worth Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1.25 lakh, from his house in Sector 15, Chandigarh. Chawla had suspected it to be work of his two maids working in his house, who were hired only recently.
On March 29, earlier this year three family members, including an elderly couple, were left unconscious after consuming food spiked by the domestic help --- Ram Bahadur, who was hired just three days earlier. The accused fled away after stealing valuables from the house in Sector 21. The victims are the in-laws of DS Mangat, former deputy commissioner of SAS Nagar.
In February, 2016, a domestic help was arrested for theft at a doctor’s house in Sector 37 and stole a gold kada, a gold bangle, a gold chain with a diamond locket and four pairs of earrings, which were kept in the cupboard.
Despite there have been instances involving domestic help in crimes, Chandigarh police have failed to take action against firms through which the help was hired though police have been booking residents who failed to get the verification of the servants done.
Sources in the police said that very few persons get the details of the domestic help employed by them. More than reluctance of the residents, getting police of other states to respond to the requests of background check is a bigger challenge. Police face problems especially from states like West Bengal, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
“While hiring through an agency the residents take it for granted that the background check of the domestic helps would have been made but it is not always true,” said a police official.
Eish Singh, senior superintendent of police (SSP) said, “Such incidents can be checked if residents contact the police for the verification of domestic helps immediately after employing them.”
He added even in case the servant is hired through an agency the residents on their level should inform the police for background check.
Box Order not followed
In February 2016, Chandigarh had issued a notification asking the residents and landlords to not employ any domestic help till their antecedents are verified by the police. The order was issued by UT district magistrate, Ajit Balaji Joshi. The district magistrate noted that domestic helps often have a large part to play in the crime and that they are sometimes themselves the perpetrators or active conspirators.