She wakes up about 5.30 every morning, she needs to wake the children up, prepares breadfast for them, wait together with them for the school bus, done not quite yet, this is just the early chores that she has to perform. She has to wash the employer's cars, sweeps the lawn, makes the children's room, and house chores after chores.
I asked my friend why he had to ask his maid to wash the cars every single day and he told me, it was part of her daily chores. So i reckon his maid's works start as early as 5.30, probably ends as late as 11 pm, 24/7 and 365. Curiously, i asked my friend, wouldnt he allow his maid to take a day off a week just like everyone of us does, he told me again it was not part of the deal.
As i read today's paper about the Ministry of Human Resource, wanting to gazzette a law that is mandatory for maids to enjoy a day off weekly, as far as i am concerned this is a good news that comes a little too late, doesnt it?
Imagine yourself being a maid, you came from a faraway land, with the intention of saving up some money. You land yourself in a house hold that is a stark different than your own and the culture shock hits you, before you can learn to be a maid, you have already been told that you are stupid, useless and good for nothing. Day in and day out, you are being hurled with such unfriendly words, how would you feel?Deep inside of you, you wanted to escape but litterally, you have got no way to run, you dont have the means to, your money and your travelling documents are in your employer's "safe keeping".
Slowly but surely, your mental health is in jeopardy, you cant take it anymore, you fight back and you retaliate. Why do you do that, simply because you are not being taken as another Human Being.
I remember i was in way chastising my friend for telling his maid to work 24/7, 365, and allowing his children to scold the maid in public. I asked him, how would he feel if it was her to be the maid be treated the same way that he is treating the maid.
I am not taking side, there are good and bad maids, but the fundamental is one is to always treat another like she is just another human, may be the caste is different but that should not make anyone of us any less human.
P/S : What if you were her...........