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Contents
DEDICATION
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
FORWARD 10 Most. Rev. Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop, Delhi
INTRODUCTION 13 Dr. Freddie D’Souza, Secretary, Justice Peace Commission
PART – I : ARTICLES
I. Tribal Education in India
2 My Commitment to the Domestic Workers’ Movement
3. The Exploited
4. Tribal Slavery
5. Slaves Have Souls Too!
6. Poor Women of Delhi
7. Struggles of Legislative Protection:
A Case Study on Domestic Workers
8. A Road to Self-Reliance
9. Impact of Structural Adjustment Programme on Women in the Informal Sector
10. Struggle of Tribal Women in Process of Development
II. Tribal Women and Labour:
Problems of Tribal Women Domestics in Delhi
12. Empowerment of Tribal Women: Measures, Observations and Recommendations 117
13. Humans Worth a Thought
14. Labour Law Reform Unorganised Sector
PART – II : REAL LIFE STORIES
• They continue to toil under trying conditions
• Man rapes 13-year old maid, flees
• Call center official held for rape
• Family assaults young maid
• Child rescued from living hell, employer held
• Maid rescued from employer
• Maid trashed by employer
• Doctor held for thrashing maid
• Doctor held for beating servant
• Doctor held in Dwaraka for assaulting Servant
• Minor help tortured to death at MLA’s House
• Govt, sleeps on domestic help’s rights
• IAF Corporal arrested on charge of assault
• IAF Corporal accused of raping maid
• IAF Corporal rapes teenage tribal maid
• IAF Corporal held for rape 183
• Man arrested to raping maid servant
• IAF Corporal held for alleged rape
• Press release 187
• Representation to NCW
• Representation of NHRC
PART – HI : APPENDIX
Copy of the letter to Union Labour Minister
by K.Francis George MP 197
Copy of the memorandum to the Union Labour Minister
Copy of the Unorganised Sector Workers’ Bill 2003
Exclusion of Domestic Workers from
the Unorganised Sector Worker’s Bill, 2003
A Critique of Workers of Unorganised Sector Bill
Minutes of the Experts meet at
National Commission for Women
The Unorganised Sector Workers’ Bill
Suggestions for amendments to the Bill 240 Copy of the Writ Petition in the
Supreme Court of India 249
House Worker’s (Condition of Sen/ice) Bill, 1990
Basic Conditions for House Workers in Delhi
Questionnaire

Description

Maid in Hell

The deteriorating economic situation in the villages mainly of the tribal belt of India had led to the migration of many youth particularly young girls and children, to the cities in search of better life prospectus. Going by estimates available, there are over 1 lakh girls in Delhi alone, and it runs in to millions in the national scene, who are working as domestic helpers in different houses.

The domestic workers, for various reasons they have to eke out a lively hood under treacherous conditions. What happens behind the four wall is a great mystery. Many a time there were several attempts to introduce a bill to protect the domestic workers. Finally when the Unorganised Sector workers’ Bill saw light, among the 122 categories mentioned in the said bill, their name (domestic workers) found missing!

This book will reveal the saga of untold sufferings they go through in order to keep their body and soul together.

Mary Scaria SCJM, is an advocate of the Supreme Court of India. She is also the co-ordinator of the Justice & Peace Commission, Delhi Archdiocese. She is the author of many books such as Law & Your Rights, Hitman Rights: A Close Look, Minorities in the Present Political Scenario.

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