Socio-economic conditions of women domestic workers in Mangalore city
Ramesh Maruti Adin, Mohan S Singhe
The women domestic workers are most essential informal working group and they are “silent-workers” in urban society. In India as in other countries, domestic workers are often not viewed as “real” workers. Historically unappreciated, the work continues to be seen as little worth. Domestic workers often face psychological abuse, economic and emotional exploitation, as well as severe physical, sexual, verbal assault, bondage labor and some of them were literally imprisoned in the employers’ house. India’s large force of domestic workers or servants, as most people call them – remain unseen, undervalued and denied rights that all workers deserve. The present study is attempted to examine the socio-economic background of the women domestic workers and explore the present situations. A descriptive study was conducted among 50 women domestic workers in Mangalore city of Karnataka State. The 56% of respondents belong to above 30 years age group, 42% of respondents are belonged to 21-30 years age group. The 68% of the respondents are married and it shows that most of the married workers only considered for domestic work. Thus we can say that the education and self-help group movement has created socio-economic conditions of the women domestic workers in Mangalore city.