The plight of home based women workers in Delhi is unimaginably horrible. Working for meager wages set by a relentlessly exploitative market, hurt by the rising inflation and forced to be exploited even further, the woman worker who works from home in New Delhi is the epitome of exploitation and a symbol of the irresponsible and callous attitude of the Indian government. In this post, we feature a news report (in Hindi) by NDTV India which depicts the difficulties faced by women working from home quite poignantly. The All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) has taken up cudgels for the women and the post carries a statement from them.
Over the last one year, the Delhi State Committee of the AIDWA has been mobilising Home Based Women Workers of Delhi for their recognition and rights as workers who are making a contribution to the economy. The Arjun Sengupta Committee Report estimates their number to be nearly 8 crores in our country. The working class areas of Delhi are teaming with women who do piece rate work through contractors in order to supplement their meagre family incomes.