There is also a lot of reporting on the sex abuse of maids. Many cases off such exploitation has been reported. The maids work from dawn till midnight, do all household chores, they are deprived of food, clean clothes, basic sanitation, and what they get is physical, sexual and mental abuse with most or all wages going to the agents operating the placement agencies. The employers don’t think twice before giving their wages to these middlemen who never send back the money home nor do they intimate the families of these maids about the whereabouts of the maids.Recently, there has definitely a growth in the number of cases that have come to light. This has been possible as there is an increased partnership between NGOs and Police. With awareness and sensitization programmes being conducted and also with increased media space being provided to such issues there has been an increased public participation in providing information about such violence to NGOs and Police.
Media has been playing a lead role in highlighting the issue. Creating pressure on the government to take action, it has kept the police on its toes. This has led to increased debate on such issues among the general population.
Shakti Vahini collaborates with the Mass Media for such issue based reporting which prioritizes the issue of Child Protection. We present below some of the Media Reportings which happened after the Rescue of the Dwarka Case where two Doctor Couple had locked a child while vacationing in Bangkok.
NDTV CAMPAIGN : TRAFFICKING AND MISSING CHILDREN
CNN IBN : FACE THE NATION DEBATE