Mahagun domestic help case: At worker colony, fear and a daily fight for survival

Since the arrests, no one from the settlement has gone to work at Mahagun Moderne, while other societies have also fired some domestic helps citing “security reasons”.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal , Aditi Vatsa | Noida | Published:August 10, 2017 1:32 am
Locked homes at the colony near Mahagun Moderne. Express Photo Gajendra Yadav

Thirteen shanties at the worker settlement, disparagingly called ‘Bangladeshi colony’, lie locked after its residents were arrested, with little hope of bail. For the ones left behind, both jobs and money are hard to come by.

The arrests took place after two police raids on July 12 and 13. Their families have since left the settlement, fearing more arrests. Mohsina Bibi, who stayed back, said, “Anyone who lives here is now afraid the police will come and arrest us. They don’t care about our side of the story. Only those who live in big flats have a say.”

Since the arrests, no one from the settlement has gone to work at Mahagun Moderne, while other societies have also fired some domestic helps citing “security reasons”. In the absence of a source of income, fighting legal cases is virtually impossible, say residents.

“The fees for the lawyer to apply for bail was Rs 500. We didn’t have that much. Only a few of us could afford to pay. Now we don’t know where our next meal will come from. We moved to Noida to work, earn, save a little and send it home. But we are not wanted here,” said a family member of an arrested accused.

Residents of Mahagun, meanwhile, said at least 60 domestic workers — allegedly identified in CCTV footage as being part of the mob that gathered outside the society on July 12 — have been barred from entering the society. “The decision not to let them enter has been taken unanimously. Until a proper verification process is carried out, such people will not be allowed entry,” said a Mahagun resident.

Meanwhile, Mahagun and other gated societies have been pressuring police for a “sustained drive” to verify domestic helps and to “increase security”.

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    Nitish Nitish
    Aug 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm
    Go back to Bangladesh,you illegals
    1. R
      Aug 10, 2017 at 10:16 am
      Oh what a year jerker story journos ? Trying to be politically correct ? Why didn't you do a story on what some of the goons from the same shanties did ? They don't have Rs foot ! Every single maid their earns more than 15k per month. Now it's up to them what they do with that money. Even a software engineer doesn't earn that much in the first 2-3 years of his or her career. Look within then blame others
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        yash sehgal
        Aug 10, 2017 at 10:19 am
        Agree with u absolutely sir
      2. H
        Aug 10, 2017 at 8:13 am
        Police, across the country, have always insisted that your maids should be police verified. Now, better late than never, if Mahagun residents are insisting that police do the verification ASAP and then only, we will allow them to enter, what is wrong? Why are these, so called sufferers, afraid of police verification? Something to hide? Illegal migrants?
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          Tanbeer alam
          Aug 10, 2017 at 7:23 am
          I am thinking if they were Hindu then ?
          1. H
            Aug 10, 2017 at 8:10 am
            I am thinking, if the Mahagun Residents were Muslims , then? Probably, the maid would not be alive....
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            yash sehgal
            Aug 10, 2017 at 6:49 am
            Very right thing has happened to these mussies. They arm twisted their employers n threatened them. They brought with them hundreds of other goons n pelted stones on whole colony that residents kept themselves locked inside whole day. Later it came out that the maid servant's allegations were completely false. These people unite themselves n arm twist their employers n blackmail them. Now very right thing is happened to them.
            1. J
              Aug 10, 2017 at 7:33 am
              yash sehgal>No wonder we are a backward country. People want to blame everything on politicians, but it is also eually because of corrupt bigots like you.
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                yash sehgal
                Aug 10, 2017 at 8:37 am
                Joe you r a nexalite commie coc.kroach..i dont need any certificate fro sh.itty people like u..keep ur nexi ideology in ur a##
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