Domestic help beaten: New chorus after clashes; ‘keep the Bangladeshis out’

“As a protocol of the RWA, I would advice that all RWAs ban entry of all Bangladeshi workers in our RWA with immediate effect. They are encashing our need and thinking it to be our weakness, they will all come down on their knees in a week (sic).”

Written by Aditi Vatsa | Noida | Updated: July 13, 2017 4:23 am
domestic help beaten, noida domestic help beaten, mahagun morderne maid beaten, maid beaten, noida sector 78 protest, maid protest, indian express news, delhi news Police clash with protesters in Noida’s Sector 78, Wednesday. Around 100-150 people hurled stones at Mahagun Moderne society over the ‘disappearance’ of domestic help Zohra Bibi. Express photo by Gajendra Yadav

The rent here is Rs 500 a month. There are no toilets, just some porta cabins. The roads overflow with garbage and most houses manage with tin roofs. The only benefit of living here — for this community dominated by migrants from Cooch Behar in north Bengal — is the proximity to housing societies and construction sites that offer employment.

The settlement might not have an official name, but those who live nearby in Noida’s Sector 78 refer to it as ‘Bangladeshi Colony’ — a bias reflected in WhatsApp forwards that spread in the area after Wednesday’s violence, demanding that “colonies and societies stop employing Bangladeshi workers”.

In a WhatsApp group of residents in the area, one person suggested, “As a protocol of the RWA, I would advice that all RWAs ban entry of all Bangladeshi workers in our RWA with immediate effect. They are encashing our need and thinking it to be our weakness, they will all come down on their knees in a week (sic).”

NEFOMA — an umbrella body of resident welfare associations in Noida and Greater Noida — issued a statement about the “terror of Bangladeshis in Noida” and suggested similar preventive measures before hiring ‘Bangladeshis’.

Zohra Bibi, the domestic help at the centre of the row, lives in the settlement and worked nearby at Mahagun Moderne society in Noida’s Sector 78. After she didn’t return home on Tuesday night, the settlement nearly emptied, with 100-150 from the close-knit community gathering at the society’s gate, pelting stones and forcing their way inside.

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Most of the residents here moved from Cooch Behar to Noida in the last decade, mirroring the boom in real estate in the area. Zohra’s family, for instance, moved to Noida when she was 14. Speaking to The Indian Express, she said, “I have always considered Noida my home, as much as Bengal. We have never thought ourselves as anything but Indians, which is why allegations that we are Bangladeshi hurt so much.”

Love Kumar, SSP Gautam Buddha Nagar, also rebutted allegations that Zohra is an illegal immigrant.

“There are two versions of events and the matter is being investigated. But claims that she is an illegal Bangladeshi migrant are completely false. She has all necessary documents.”

Officers added that they are scouring through the CCTV footage to ascertain the exact sequence of events.

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  1. sailendra mallay
    Jul 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    Huge amount of Bangladeshi are coming to India from west Bengal ! Leading to more theft, robbery and other criminal activity. West Bengal government had even requested to give Bangladeshi Indian citizenship ! We Indians should take strict action against this. Lot of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh - West Bengal had the heights rate of population growth in entire Asia ! Recently 200 children from Bangladesh were were there in Bangalore railway station. Wake up India...
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      xbjp
      Jul 13, 2017 at 9:25 pm
      In most probability they are bangladeshis. In Gurgaon these people claim to be hindu and hindu names. But They do not come for work on muslim holidays. As a bengali it is easier for me to come to that conclusion from their accents and absence on muslim festival days. I feel sorry for them that they have to pretend to be hindu in a foreign country because they could not earn a living in their godforsaken graft ridden country where mob rule is the norm. But it is also a terrorism and domestic security problem because bangladeshi criminals and islamic terrorists can take shelter with with them as they do in West Bengal. And what is the purpose of the BSF and expensive Bangladesh Border fence when in every major city in India you can find this people working as domestic help ,cycle rickshaw drivers and god kno9ws what else. As in USA middle clas indians hire them because they are cheap but the final bill will become payable in the future .
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        SP
        Jul 13, 2017 at 9:19 pm
        Is this not the second case of mob activity of a particular minority community in just seven days - one in Bengal and another in UP now?
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          No Name
          Jul 13, 2017 at 9:19 pm
          O Madam jee for publicity and your bread and butter you have written lies. Wake up. We all know what happen please dont make us second citizen in our own country. Bloody greedy money minded you are.
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            Sudarsh
            Jul 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm
            Nice name by the way, are you from pakistan or bangladesh?
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            Adil Azmi
            Jul 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm
            Farmers Maoist Labours Bangladeshis Muslim Pakistani/ Terriorist/ Bangladeshi Secular Weak/Spineless Liberal Anti National The New definition in "New India"!
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              Adil Azmi
              Jul 13, 2017 at 9:15 pm
              Farmers are Maoist, Labours are Bangladeshis, Muslims are Pakistani/ Terriorist/ Bangladeshi, Secular are Weak/Spineless, Liberal are Anti National The New definition in "New India"!
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                Sudarsh
                Jul 14, 2017 at 3:59 pm
                And your Muhhamed is a terrorist and pedophile!
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