The Silent Sufferers: Unveiling the Violence Faced by Domestic Workers

Sanay Tiwari 22/07/2023

In July, a disturbing incident shook our conscience when news of a 10-year-old domestic helper being exploited and abused by a couple, one of whom was a pilot, came to light.

This tragic case serves as a stark reminder of the heinous violence faced by domestic workers worldwide.

In this blog, we delve into the harsh reality endured by countless domestic workers and shed light on the urgent need for change and protection for these vulnerable individuals.



  • The Exploitation of Domestic Workers: Domestic workers, often hailing from impoverished backgrounds, seek employment in search of better opportunities. However, instead of finding a supportive environment, many fall victim to exploitation at the hands of their employers. The power dynamics within these relationships make domestic workers susceptible to various forms of abuse, ranging from physical violence to emotional and economic exploitation.


  • The Plight of Child Domestic Helpers: The case of the 10-year-old minor raises alarm about child labor and its rampant prevalence in certain regions. We explore the reasons why children end up as domestic workers, the dangers they face, and the legal frameworks necessary to protect them from such egregious exploitation.


  • The Invisible Chains of Modern Slavery: The stories of domestic workers reveal modern-day slavery occurring behind closed doors. We discuss how the isolation from the public eye, lack of labor protections, and fear of retaliation leave these individuals trapped in deplorable working conditions.


  • The Impact on Mental and Physical Health: Living and working in abusive households takes a significant toll on the mental and physical health of domestic workers. We explore the long-lasting consequences of violence on their overall well-being and discuss the importance of providing them with access to healthcare and support services.


  • The Role of Legislation and Enforcement: We analyze the existing laws and regulations pertaining to domestic worker rights and argue for the need to strengthen these measures. Additionally, we emphasize the crucial role of enforcement agencies in ensuring that perpetrators of violence are held accountable for their actions.


  • Raising Awareness and Fostering Empathy: To combat the violence faced by domestic workers, it is essential to raise awareness among the public. We discuss the importance of fostering empathy and compassion towards these workers and urge readers to recognize their invaluable contributions to society.


  • Empowering Domestic Workers: Empowerment programs and initiatives play a significant role in supporting domestic workers. We highlight successful programs that aim to provide education, legal aid, and vocational training to empower them for a brighter future.


Conclusion: The heart-wrenching incident involving the 10-year-old domestic helper underscores the urgent need to address the violence faced by domestic workers. As a society, we must come together to challenge the existing power structures, raise our voices against exploitation, and advocate for comprehensive legal protections. Only through collective efforts can we ensure that domestic workers are treated with dignity, respect, and the compassion they deserve. It is time to break the silence and create a world where no one lives in fear and everyone's rights are protected.