Noida: Domestic workers’ union writes to NCW over Mahagun Moderne issue
A series of events since July 12 in the Mahagun Moderne society in Noida has led to conflict among the domestic helps and the residents in the societynoida Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:33 IST
The Gharelu Kamgar Union (GKU), which works for the rights of domestic workers in Delhi-NCR, has approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) for its intervention in the matter of Zora Bibi, a domestic help who was allegedly beaten up by her employer Harshu Sethi, a Mahagun Moderne resident.
The union members apprised the commission of the incident that took place on July 12 at Mahagun Moderne society in Sector 78. In the incident, apart from Zora Bibi’s alleged mistreatment, the society came under attack by a mob of other domestic workers.
GKU’s letter to the commission alleges that the Noida police has so far only been shirking its responsibility rather than making any concerted efforts to launch an investigation into the complaint filed by Zora Bibi.
The letter, sent on July 20, said that instead of taking action, police has been a party to the false allegations of theft made by Zora Bibi’s employers and Mahagun Moderne residents. The commission has been requested to intervene as to why police did not take action in the matter.
The letter also reads that the investigations have been compromised by playing up a communal angle by the domestic worker’s employers and other society residents. It has also alleged that an ‘extremely arbitrary’ list created by the residents has been expanded to include workers of any religion from West Bengal’s Malda and Cooch Behar districts.
Mahagun residents had earlier decided to bar domestic workers who were ‘Bangladeshis’, but now their list consists of any one from Bengal, GKU said.
“We have strong reason to believe that the list is hardly related to the CCTV footage (of the mob violence) of July 12 and is a product of the regional bias of Mahagun residents, as well as the machinations of certain residents who are trying to use the incident to refuse pending wages to their domestic workers,” said Dr Maya John, GKU convener.
The union has also approached the national minorities and human rights commissions to ensure action against the police and guilty employers in the case. According to the union, workers residing in slums of Sector 78 are now living in fear after the violence among private security guards and domestic workers on July 12.
“We want that action is taken and to ensure that the perpetrators responsible for torturing the victim are brought to book,” said Dr John.