Noida: As many as 500 housemaids working in Supertech Capetown of Sector 74 took to the road on Monday and blocked gate no. 2 of the township since 8 am. Their grouse was that one of them was allegedly pushed down the stairs by a resident of the society.
The maids stayed put there till late in the evening. Even the police couldn’t evacuate them from the spot as the woman protesters gathered there outnumbered them.
The allegation of the maid has been vehemently dismissed by the residents. It is being said that the maid in question had fainted in front of the lift.
It all started on March 1 when Preeti (name changed), the maid, went to her employer’s house in Cape Silver 9 asking for payment of her dues. The male employer asked her to return when his wife is around as he didn't know anything about the payment.
An argument ensued between the two. Later, the maid was seen near the lift.
In a CCTV footage of March 1 recovered by CitySpidey, Preeti can be seen waiting for the lift at 5:24 pm on the 13th floor. A few seconds later, she fell in front of the lift and sustains injuries on the left side of her skull and hand.
According to a source, after Preeti fell down, her employer was informed. He took her to the hospital. Later, a complaint was registered against the employer for allegedly pushing the maid from the staircase by the maid's family.
The matter is being taken up by the police for investigation even as the maids are still on protest occupying the society’s gate.
Supertech Capetown has 4,400 occupied flats in which 700-odd women work as housemaids.
Before Monday's episode, a group of some 50 maids had protested on Sunday evening. The news of the injured maid escalated their anger resulting in the blockade the next day.