On 23th September 2013, Aduri a domestic help was rescued by two women from a dustbin in a critical condition. Now she is undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College (DMC). DMP commissioner Benjir Ahmed went to see her.
Shocked by the incident, he highlighted the necessity of protective laws to defend the humiliation on domestic workers. Torture on domestic workers is not a new phenomenon; hundreds of domestic helps have been tortured through the years. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) has realised from its experiences that there should be specific laws to protect or stop such ill treatment of human life. In 2012 ASK has made a draft law named Domestic Helps Registration and Protection Act.
After several sessions of discussion in September 2012, ASK submitted it to the honorable law minister in a convention on child domestic helps.
ASK expects that government will take necessary steps.
Bangladesh is advancing in terms of human rights aided by the social media and NGOs. The human rights condition of domestic workers are at stake. There are a lot of domestic workers whose voices cannot reach our ears. Such incidents remain unseen and untold as they are confined in between the walls of our private sphere.
Even those who draw our attention, we cannot afford them legal assistance due to absence of specific laws. Thus without the enactment of proper laws by the government, it is impossible to stop torture on the house hold helps.
We need public awareness and your support to bring change.