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'Domestic workers are also human, not dogs'
Shivaniji, an active women rights activist of Bihar, on the occasion of the recent one-day protest and rally, demanded social security schemes for domestic, migrants and unorganized workers at the Kargil Chouk, near Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

“IT'S A matter  of  shame  that  despite  65 years  of  India’s freedom  poor women  and  kids  are  treated  as  animals  and  bonded laborers. Employers  are often  gives  them  stale foods or  leftover of  foods (which are not suitable for even dogs) in a tin or aluminum plates  or  bowls  and  dirty  water. They  are  also physically, mentally, economically and sexually exploited  by their employers. There  is  no  holiday  for  the  helpless  pregnant  workers. They  have  also  rights  to  live  in  this  world. Domestic  workers  and  laborers  are  also human. They are  not   bonded  laborers  or  dogs. We  should  not  behave  like  animals with them,” said  Shivaniji.


“Domestic  workers  are  essential  part  of  our  society. It’s  a myth that poor  people  pollutes  our  society. They  keeps  our  environment  clean. It’s  a  matter of  pride  that  our  long  struggle  has  removed  the  word  “servants  and  maid  servants” from  the  Bihar  Gazette. We  will  continue our movement  for  the  Protection  of  Domestic Workers  Rights  in  the  society,” said  Chandra Prakash  Jee, INTUC leader  in  this  program.

This  program  was  co-organized  by  National Domestic Workers’  Union,  Bihar Domestic Workers’ Welfare Trust and Domestic Workers’ Congress (INTUC), Patna. It’s main  motive  was  to  aware  women  and  child  workers  and  laborers  of  Bihar  about  their  rights. There  were  about  300 participant’s  in  this  program  from  different  districts  of  Bihar  such as  Patna, Begusarai, Darbhanga, Mujaffarpur, and Ara. Maximum  participants  were  poor  illiterate, untrained, unorganized, and  dalits. In  our  country  there  are  about  78%  women  domestic  workers. Dozen  social  workers  trained  the  participants  to unite for the  protection  of  their  constitutional rights in the program.

Their  some  main  demands  from  the  Government  were :

1.   On  the  basis  of  Bihar Domestic Workers Minimum  Wage  Act -1948 their  wages  must  be  published  and  ordered.
2.   Domestic workers  must  be  listed  in  the  BPL  list.
3.   Government of  Bihar  should  establish  Welfare  Board  for  the  protection  of  their  rights.


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