A video of a domestic help arguing with a group of young men over what she says is non-payment of Rs 1800 in wages has taken social media by storm. The video that shows the woman arguing with a group of young men over the amount she is to be paid has prompted jokes, but also sparked a debate over illiteracy among the economically backward.
In the undated video that has been shot at an undisclosed location, the woman is heard arguing in Marathi about not being paid Rs 1800 as agreed even as a man argues with her that she has been paid in full.
“Pay me the money and then I’ll go,” she is heard saying in the clip.
The man argues in the video that he had already paid her Rs 1800 earlier. The man in the video, and one off-camera, argue that they paid the woman three Rs 500 notes, one Rs 200 note and one Rs 100 note.
“Rs 1500 and Rs 300 becomes Rs 1800, how are you saying this,” the man argues.
The men continue to argue that they have paid her the money but she continues to deny that she’s been paid in full. She then says that she received three Rs 500 notes and an additional Rs 300, but continues to argue that she hasn’t been paid Rs 1800.
They then attempt to show her the math on a calculator but she refuses to accept it as an explanation. Then she tries to explain how the money paid doesn’t amount to Rs 1800 but gets it wrong. Even as they continue to argue, she asks them whether one of them is recording her, and the video ends.
Watch the video here:
These guys paid their house help 1800 bucks but she’s saying they paid her 1500 and 300 😫 pic.twitter.com/KTwGW1NyQW
— Daaktarni (@DrVW30) August 30, 2020
After the video was widely shared on social media and WhatsApp, people started using the hashtag ‘Justice for aunty (kaku)’. Soon #JusticeForKaku started trending, with people saying the “only solution is for RBI to release a Rs 1800 note.”
— Pranav Bhome (@BhomePranav) August 30, 2020
— Sudhanshu (@Sudzada) August 30, 2020
— Chhaya Rajbhar (@RajbharChhaya) August 31, 2020
— apurv adesara (@apurvadesara) August 30, 2020
However, there were some who defended the woman saying she may have been tricked earlier and hence stood her ground more strongly this time. Many pointed out that she may not know enough math to do what seems like a simple calculation to many.
“It’s shameful that a woman who didn’t have the privilege to receive education like most of us here is being ridiculed all over the Internet,” one person argued on social media.
Maharashtra’s Minister for Women & Child Development, Yashomati Thakur, acknowledged that the video of the woman had gone viral on social media but said it wasn’t right to mock her.
“A woman who runs her home with hard work should be respected and she is an important part of the Indian economy. A mistake in accounting shouldn’t be an issue of mockery,” Thakur tweeted, adding a screengrab of the video.
She also said that the ministry organises programmes for women on financial literacy and this video highlights why such programmes should have more reach.
महिला आर्थिक विकास महामंडळातर्फे आर्थिक साक्षरतेवर कार्यक्रम राबवले जातात. ही घटना आम्ही आमच्यासाठी आव्हान म्हणून पाहत आहोत. आर्थिक साक्षरतेचा कार्यक्रम अधिक व्यापक करण्यासाठी आम्ही लवकरच कार्यक्रम हाती घेत आहोत.
— Adv. Yashomati Thakur (@AdvYashomatiINC) August 31, 2020
I feel bad seeing this. You might found it funny but it’s not funny where the problem lies.
Everyone laughs on problems, few thinks of helping to create a change. Atleast help her child to learn and grow if you can’t have any sympathy for her.
We don’t want such society!#maid
— Mohit Varu (@VaruMohit) August 30, 2020
With all do respect to you Sir, may I humbly request you to please take down this tweet. Lady in this video seems to be illiterate & don’t know or might have some different understanding with Rs. 1800/-. This is might be her foolishness but being insensitive will be ours.
— Tushar Gaonkar (@tushar_gaonkar) August 30, 2020
She cannot be recorded like this. This is shameful
— (((Dominique Fisherwoman))) 💙 (@AbbakkaHypatia) August 31, 2020
This is really horrible. Please take this down. It’s shameful that a woman who didn’t have the privilege to receive education like most of us here is being ridiculed all over the Internet.
— Swarnim: The Last Genderbender ⚧ (@Ofeeeliaaaa) August 31, 2020
In a country where education and healthcare are the last priorities of the ruling class they expect people to do math and then make fun of those who cant. Please exit your bubble of privilege, likes comments and retweet will get your no brownie points
— why⁷ 🏳️🌈🍣 (@annie534) August 31, 2020
Just a small glimpse of how difficult it must be for the poor… how can govt help when it is so easy to exploit the poor and uneducated
— Shashank rao (@shashank_rao_) September 1, 2020
Why are yal laughing at her? You people are so shameful smh. She could have been previously fooled by her employers and don’t trust them easily. And it’s disgusting to film someone to mock her on social media who is innocent and didn’t sign up to be your goddam n entertainment
— 👋🏼soft daisuke😔welcome খুনি Daisuke 👺 (@pirate_sehun) August 31, 2020
यात एवढं काय हसण्यासारख काय .. एखाद्या कमी शिकलेल्या महिलेला माहिती नसेल.. तिला काही हिशेबात ल कळत नसेल. ती पण कोणाची आई बहीण असेल. एवढी जाहीर खिल्ली उडवताना काही नाही वाटत. लोकांना समजलं पाहिजे.महिला कुटुंबप्रमुख म्हणून असेल आपल्याला माहिती का काही. कशाचा संबंध जोडून खिल्ली नको
— omkar patil (@omkarpa19268287) August 30, 2020
common.. give her 300 more then explain it later. there has to be a better way to explain the illiterate. I mean not everyone is good in counting and calculating.
— debugger (@kelx39) August 30, 2020
Please don’t make fun of the poor elderly lady , may be she is not that educated , but definitely she is honest and hard working , apritiate that.
— Jayantsjy (@jayantsjy) August 30, 2020
How is it okay to film her without her consent. This is utterly shameful. Take this down. And stop mocking people for getting likes on social media. It’s the most disgusting behaviour that SM has engendered.
— Sandeep Bakshi (@sandeepbak) August 31, 2020
Illiteracy isn’t funny or something to be laughed at. Idk why people are making a mockery out of her
— Ag✨ (@rit1400) August 31, 2020
it’s a sign of our social illness.
the lady didn’t understand the numbers…bcoz she is uneducated.
logo ne tamasha bana diya.
— Aqeel Ibrahim (@AqeelIbrahim13) August 31, 2020
सर्वानी विनंती आहे की काकू चा विडिओ चुकीचे Captions देऊन Viral करू नका. काकू भोळ्या दिसतात आहे, हिशेबामध्ये आपल्या कडून सुद्धा खुप चुका होतात. घरकाम करून आपलं घर चालवणाऱ्या काकू हिशेबामध्ये कच्च्या असल्या तरी आपल्या कामात पक्क्या असतील म्हणून मुलं पण समजवून सांगत आहेत. 👏👏
— Akash shikhare/आकाश शिखरे (@Akashshikhare6) August 30, 2020
Despite the video being widely shared on the internet, there’s little clarity on how the matter was resolved.