Monday, November 07, 2011

121.Violence against domestic servants

Everyday in newspapers, we read tales of cruelty against domestic servants. Young boys and girls are subjected to endless drudgery, beaten up and abused in other ways. If they give in to small temptations of childhood, they are branded thieves. If the children of their masters complain against them, swift and instant ‘justice’ is meted out without any opportunity of hearing. They are locked up without food and water. When they sometimes suffer grievous injuries due to torture, they are not given proper medical treatment for the fear that their masters will be exposed. 

Such children have no where to go. Their parents depend on the money they earn and can easily turn a blind eye to their plight. It is only when media or alert neighbours  come to know about them that they can hope for rescue. But how many of them can be so fortunate?

If this is the situation in metropolitan cities like Delhi, what will be the situation in smaller places where media presence is limited and domestic servants are more easily available?

A strong law and effective implementation is required to protect these children, give them the opportunity of education and restore their childhood to them. The society needs to be sensitised about their plight. NGOs can play an important role in this task. But the most important factor, perhaps, is to find a solution to the economic issues that lead to such disasters in the first place.

We call ourselves human beings, but for small comforts, we can forget all humanity and display the most barbaric behaviour. This streak in human beings is most difficult to explain.


जाट देवता (संदीप पवाँर) said...

ये सुधारने की शुरुआत तो होनी चाहिए

Ruprekha said...

Agree with you here regarding the sorry state of such under privileged children. Under The Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986, Govt has been to some extend successful in rescuing and rehabilitation. My experience as one of the directors of 'Childline' (the 24 hour child help line)is, we as a nation is still not well equipped to deal with this huge but very important issue. After rescue and all formalities of producing before CWC or JJB the child is sent to a 'Home', then for rehabilitation, formal or informal school etc. As per rule a child can not be kept in a 'Home' for too long. Most of the time once the child is restored, he\she goes back to work, sometimes in a worse place than he was in before. The National Child Labour Project Schools are always crowded. We often face a difficult situation. We also have some sponsorship programs, but the number seems to be ever increasing.
We are also finding adoptive homes for abandoned children, under Acts like The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, so that the problem of child labour can be nipped in the bud. At times it's disgusting to see the way the privileged torture a child. We still need a lot more education/awareness, have really a long way to go ....

How do we know said...

have u seen the other side of this story? Children who do not want to study and will not be convinced otherwise? Their parents send the girls, not to work, but for free food and physical security, because there is no one to look after them in their homes and this way, both these things are taken care of.
Parents, who blatantly lie about the age of the child and shout when you tell them that you will not employ an underage worker? street adults who want to live off drugs and do not want to work as domestic or commercial help, bcs begging pays lot more?

i did field work with street and underprivileged children for a while. Gave it up because these children and adults WANT to live this way, and i thought we had no moral right to force a "better" life on them.

Bikramjit said...

We humans are the worst in anyway we look at .. we moan when we get it .. but what we do to others .. we dont care ..


Indrani said...

Very sad episodes in life.

नीरज गोस्वामी said...

A strong law and effective implementation is required to protect these children, give them the opportunity of education and restore their childhood to them.