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Thursday, 4 June 2020

During coronavirus lockdown, women domestic workers have struggled to buy essentials,



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During coronavirus lockdown, women domestic workers have struggled to buy essentials, says survey



When the nationwide Coronavirus lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus was announced on March 24, a 40-year-old Bengali woman, with her husband and son, started walking to her village 100 km from Kolkata, where they lived in a rented house. The Coronavirus warrior woman managed to reach the village and was, thus, able to access ration, her Jan Dhan account, and help from a local self-help group.


The lockdown woman’s story is similar to those of other migrant workers who were forced to walk, cycle or hitchhike long distances to reach their hometowns from the cities where they work. Unlike the Bengali woman, however, not everyone was this fortunate.
We spoke to 79 female domestic workers living in cities like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune, during the second phase of the lockdown – from April 24 to May 1. The women belonged to the age group of 21-65. Most had been married, with close to 80% currently married. Fifty-three percent of respondents was illiterate and migrants accounted for 27%.
Most of the stories we heard were dismal.
We found that the Coronavirus lockdown has left a big hole in the pockets of the domestic workers, as many struggled to buy essentials. About a quarter of the women received no salary...
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