Plight Female Domestic Helpers – During and Post Lockdown in Mumbai City

V-CMT 2021

11 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2022

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Nandini Jagannarayan

Ramniranjan Jhunjhunwala (Autonomous) College

Iona Hedge

ReachOut Counselling Center

Date Written: November 25, 2021


Housing societies began with restrictions like scanning for fever with temperature guns in March. As the lockdown became tighter and panic turned to fear, societies banned cooks, maids, and plumbers as possible carriers of the virus. Some of them did not allow them to use the lifts and asked them to climb floors and gradually, ousted them. This put them in a state of financial shock. Many of their families depended on their incomes. Some were paid, while some were not. This is empirically proved by collecting information from 55 respondents who are offered domestic help in various houses in the suburbs of chembur, Mumbai and found it difficult to run their house. An empirical analysis of how difficult it is for female domestic workers to get back to normal life, even if normalcy has resumed in Mumbai City, owing to their financial and living conditions has been carried out by surveying 55 female domestic workers who were laid off from work due to the outbreak of the pandemic in Chembur, a suburb in Mumbai.

Suggested Citation

Jagannarayan, Nandini and Hedge, Iona, Plight Female Domestic Helpers – During and Post Lockdown in Mumbai City (November 25, 2021). V-CMT 2021, Available at SSRN:

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Iona Hedge

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