MaidsRiot.NoidaIndia

There are conflicting reports about who and what caused maids to riot at a luxury high-rise in Noida, India, but no doubt that widening income inequality leads to violence; hundreds of domestic service employees, who work for poverty wages, invaded an apartment building a few days ago and terrorized one employer, who cowered in a locked bathroom with her husband and child while rebellious maids ransacked the place. Now thousands of maids are locked out of their jobs and worried about feeding their families. Noida, a prosperous suburb, has added fuel to the fire by segregating household help in tin-roofed shacks outside of town; Indian “madams” have a growing worldwide reputation for exploiting workers, stealing their wages, kidnapping and even enslaving them. (The New York Times)

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