Domestic help beaten: Separate exits, separate lifts, same story in Noida, Gurgaon

“It doesn’t feel good to be forced to use the lift which residents don’t use. What is it about us that makes them not want to see us? But then, that is just the cost of doing the work we do and not being able to afford flats like these,” said Mohammad Shaafi, who works there.

Written by Sakshi Dayal , Aditi Vatsa | Noida/gurgaon | Published:July 13, 2017 4:27 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 Similarly in Gurgaon, most complexes have separate gates and lifts for domestic helps and other housekeeping staff such as gardeners, sweepers and drivers.

From separate elevators to different exits — domestic helps working in massive condominiums in Noida and Gurgaon face segregation at many levels.

In Noida’s Mahagun Moderne society, for instance, there are separate exits and lifts for domestic helps. “The society is strict about the security of its residents. There is a separate exit, separate lift and different registers that track when they enter and exit the society,” said Dr Amit Gupta, a resident. Each domestic help is also given a name tag.

But domestic helps who work there alleged that what is passed off as ‘security’ is often dehumanising. “It doesn’t feel good to be forced to use the lift which residents don’t use. What is it about us that makes them not want to see us? But then, that is just the cost of doing the work we do and not being able to afford flats like these,” said Mohammad Shaafi, who works there.

Similarly in Gurgaon, most complexes have separate gates and lifts for domestic helps and other housekeeping staff such as gardeners, sweepers and drivers. “Different cutlery and different bathrooms for us are a trend everywhere, but a different entrance is something new — something we have heard of only in Gurgaon,” said Sunita, a resident of Harijan Colony who works as a domestic help in a condominium on Golf Course Road.

Another thing residents at both places are “surprisingly particular” about is money, said several domestic helps The Indian Express spoke to. Kalmina, a domestic help in Gurgaon, said, “The women in the societies set up their own ‘rate system’ that everyone has to follow. But the amount they set is very little for the work we do, and nobody gives us more than that because they do not want to upset their neighbours.” A lot of them also complained of not being paid on time.

Although several legislation, such as the Unorganised Social Security Act, 2008, notified in various states, make a mention of domestic workers, the United Nations noted that there remains an “absence of comprehensive, uniformly applicable, national legislation that guarantees fair terms of employment and decent working conditions”.

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    Ash
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    One good reason to keep separate lifts in current environment is that these domestic ladies could easily accuse a male /males of molestation in a lift.Current laws would would put the guy in jail till some amount was extracted from male family.Article is very one sided with not a single sentence from residents.Shows complete absence of journalism and more like a biased broadcast .It's nice to care about poor,but let's not loose reality.These are the same people who feel very bad at having to use different lifts who vandalised the compound,some 150 of them.So don't call them defenceless or weak.If anything it's the residents who are weak or at least the crowd percieves them as such.Society has taken a good step in banning the lot.Why aren't the people who vandalised being booked?
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      Raj
      Jul 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm
      When the same lady maid servant is called to work inside your flat irrespective of your wife is at home or not, that time does she accuse you for raping. In public bus or train also they travel with you, how many times you have been accused of molesting them. Please grow up, have some humanity in heart else this type of scene will happen again and again.
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        Sg
        Jul 13, 2017 at 7:08 pm
        Mr. Raj. Hope you read news regularly. Women in India are expoiling the ual harassment laws on a daily basis. It has become an industry now. When you have live with snakes you have to be extra carefull. Afterall it is your life at stake!! In India if you go to jail irrespective of whether you commited any crime or not your life will never be the same again. Remember!!!
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          Lovely
          Jul 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm
          Raj has something else in mind
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        Vijay
        Jul 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm
        i live in the same society where this accident happened and I can say confidently that every word in the headline of this article is wrong.. 1. Domestic help was not beaten : she stole the money and manged to stay within society boundary whole night and then in the morning these bangladesis tried to kill the employer..what was employers fault? Did Indian Express analyse that? Employer caught maid stealing money and then they complaint to management.Is it not proper way to lodge complaint in a society? Or let the Mob kill the employer..is IT right ? 2. Separate exits, separate lifts: As a resident i can say that maid or any other non-residents are using same lift and gate as residents use..Even I insist of using same lift and not to take separate/alone list to save electricity. Other things are done for safety and security which these maid find humiliating. Strange but extra check on security is felt like that. At the end these Bangladesi should not be hired for our own security.
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          Sg
          Jul 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm
          Today a gang of Bangladeshi criminals are taking residential complexes hostage by using India's women biased laws!!!! Tomorrow Pakistani agents will be using this law to takeover this country. A country full of s do not deserver anything better
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            Lovely
            Jul 13, 2017 at 11:48 am
            A servant is servant and master is master.If servant is not happy he should quietly leave and go. Boss is boss. In Army, Police,rich houses same story.
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              Sagar
              Jul 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm
              How Lovely!
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                Lovely
                Jul 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm
                Truth hurts, but through out the world same story.
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                pre
                Jul 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm
                You do not deserve your name.
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                Jabreel
                Jul 13, 2017 at 11:26 am
                I too have suffered all my life by such casteism. My boss gets a car, i am forced to use the bus. He gets a cabin we are forced to sit in a cublicle. Tomorrow i will organize 300 people and wreck his office....while i overnight hide at his secretaries office. After that i need vip treatment with security..its inhumane to move without it.
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                  Sagar
                  Jul 13, 2017 at 10:22 am
                  Domestic servants are urban India's version of the caste system prevalent in the countryside, people made to clean dirt and treated like dirt also. Other societies around the world also had such systems but things got resolved when a few slave owners had their heads knocked off, a la the French Revolution...
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                    Raj
                    Jul 13, 2017 at 5:20 pm
                    You hit the nail rightly. When you treat your maids, helpers, servants, guards equally as human as you, they will treat you and work under you happily doing extra work for you. The moment you show ur caste system in them, you will get it returned as it is. Remember you can't do anything without their work.
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                      Ravi
                      Jul 14, 2017 at 7:19 am
                      Dear Raj I applaud you for standing here and talking in favor of the poor maids The people who are opposing hiu are calling maids as "snakes" "blackmailers" Shows their disgusting mentality of caste bias
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