Mahagun Moderne violence: Helps hit out at residents for labelling them ‘Bangladeshi’
Many women had also come to plead the police for the release of their relatives. The women alleged that the police personnel had barged into their houses when they were asleep and misbehaved with them.Updated: Jul 14, 2017 08:59 IST
After the residents of Mahagun Moderne housing society banned the entry of ‘Bangladeshi’ domestic helps into the society, the helps refuted the claims and criticized the residents for the move.
“We are Indians and no one has the right to label us Bangladeshi. Such a claim will render us jobless. Each one of us has documents such as voter identity card and Aadhaar card. Why would anyone suspect us to be immigrants in our own motherland?” said 22-year-old Sabina.
Sabina’s husband Younis Ali was detained in a late night raid on Wednesday on charges of rioting and vandalising property at Mahagun Moderne. She was waiting inside the Sector 49 police station premises hoping that police would release him. However, he was booked and sent to judicial custody.
She was joined by many other women who had also come to plead the police for the release of their relatives. The women alleged that the police personnel had barged into their houses when they were asleep and misbehaved with them.
“We accept the fact that there was violence but many of us were not involved. There should be action against the guards as well, who started hitting us with their canes at the entrance. We are being labelled as ‘Bangladeshi’ across media platforms, which is not true,” said Hasna Banoo, a domestic help.
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Holding up their identity cards, the domestic helps said the documents are not fake and were issued by the authorities concerned.
“I never worked at Mahagun; I have been working at Antriksh Golf View-1 for the last one year. Now, I am sure that I will lose my job there and at other locations as well. People will think we have migrated from Bangladesh,” said Nasreen, a domestic help.
Throughout the day, the women remained inside the police station. Some were also seen bringing water bottles and food for those lodged behind bars but were not allowed by the police.
The wailing women said that the arrests would lead their families to starvation and they do not earn enough to even hire a lawyer. They said that their entire slum is deserted as panic has gripped them following the detention and arrest of 13 men.
“It is a miserable situation for us and we cannot go to work. We barely know about the legal process involved following the arrest of our people. We want them to be released from custody,” said Abiya Khatoon, another help.
Senior superintendent of police Love Kumar said,“These people are Indians and have all documents such as ration cards and voter identity cards. Their ethnicity is Bengali but that does not mean they will be labelled Bangladeshi. It is unfortunate the identity of these domestic helps have changed overnight, as there was no objection from residents when employing them. Those who have flouted the laws have been arrested but these people cannot be called non-Indians. As of now, their documents define their identity and even if anyone claims these to be fake, it is a matter for a detailed investigation.”
First Published: Jul 13, 2017 22:20 IST