International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Law | India | Volume 13 Issue 5, May 2024 | Rating: 4.4 / 10

Domestic Workers: An Anathema to Human Right Jurisprudence

Rahul Gupta [6] | Dr. Bijayananda Behera

Abstract: Domestic work is one of the most important avenues for semi literate and literate people. In - fact, it is the primary source of income and employment for man and women working in un - organized sectors. Increase in per - capita income due to India s economic growth leads to more families falling under middle / high income households. In last few decades there has been a tremendous growth in the demand for domestic workers which has led to the trafficking and other forms of exploitation of millions of men, women and children of the both sexes and to meet this growing demand there has been a spurt of thousands of placement agencies providing domestic workers in metro - towns of many states, who are exploited in various ways as well as trafficked and remain outside the purview of any legislative control. The issue of exploitation of men, women and children domestic workers is frequent and regularly reported. With no rights and rules to fall back on, most of the domestic helps have become contemporary slaves. It is also a known fact that many women and children are trafficked and exploited by the placement agencies, which operate openly without any form of restrictions and regulations. Absence of any legal protection and any special law which led to severe exploitation men, women and children. which include depriving domestic workers from their entire salary average more than 16 - 18 hours of work per day, absence of proper food and living/sleeping condition, forced and total cut off from their family members, bounded labour, sexual exploitation by agent during transit, at the office of agency and at the work place In houses of employers, The list of exploitation is endless and frequently reported upon by the media. This article aims to examine the status of domestic workers in the country and the legal framework for decent work for domestic worker in India.

Keywords: Domestic workers, Exploitation, Trafficking, Un - organized sectors, decent work, Social security, Economic status, Rights, Migration, Basic Pay

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 5, May 2024,

Pages: 1302 - 1307

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