Mahagun violence: Union offers legal aid to domestic workers
The GKU has taken help of Human Rights Law Network to file bail applications in the Sessions Court. Members from the union visited the families of domestic helps and interacted with them regarding the incident that took place early Wednesday.Updated: Jul 18, 2017 23:09 IST
For the release of thirteen men from judicial custody, who were arrested on charges of rioting and vandalizing the property at Mahagun Moderne, a rights group, Gharelu Kamgar Union (GKU) has offered legal aid to their families. GKU works for the rights and welfare of domestic workers in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad areas.
On Wednesday, over 300 people gathered at the gates of the Mahagun Moderne and alleged that one of its residents had assaulted a domestic help, Zora Bibi. Many from the mob had managed to overpower the security guards and force their way into the premises. However, the residents claimed that the woman was allegedly caught stealing money from an apartment belonging to one Mitul Sethi. She had fled when he threatened to report the matter to the apartment management, they contended.
The mob pelted stones and vandalised the premises. Four FIRs were registered in the case and 58 people were detained, of these 13 were arrested.
The GKU has taken help of Human Rights Law Network to file bail applications in the Sessions Court. “Police have also booked them under section 307 (attempt to murder) and we have to get bail orders from sessions court. We are working on the case and family has been assured help in this case. They are not financially sound and it is our duty to help them,” said Maya John, convener of GKU.
Members from the union visited the families of domestic helps and interacted with them regarding the incident that took place early Wednesday. John said that Zora Bibi’s FIR has been continuously ignored by Noida police. The union will work to ensure that action is taken by police and court’s intervention is required for it
“We will approach Minorities Commission and National Human Rights Commission in response to ‘Bangladeshi’ labelling used by the residents on them. The society residents shared Whatsapp messages and called them as Bangaldeshis on social media as well. We want intervention into this matter,” John said.
Zora Bibi had been claiming her long overdue wages for the past 15-20 days and was cajoled into showing up for work on July 11 and the case of theft has been imposed on her post-factum.
Gharelu Kamgar Union (GKU) is intervening in the case to pressurize the district administration to take the case seriously.
Superintendent of police (city) Arun Kumar Singh said, “All the videos have been scanned and Zora Bibi was not held captive. There is medical report which suggests she was not beaten up. Even in the CCTV footage, she is seen walking without any difficulty.”
He said the case of rioting has been registered and there would be more arrests.
“Many people are evading arrest and teams are working to arrest them. Those who were not involved were released after detention,” Singh added.
First Published: Jul 14, 2017 21:36 IST