Plight of Women Domestic Workers in Bangalore: A Sociological Study

  • L.T. Om Prakash Associate Professor of Sociology CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore- 560 029
Keywords: Domestic Workers, Women, Labour Legislations, Household Chorus, ILO, Migrant Workers


Domestic work is one of the age-old occupations in the world which provides employment for millions. Usually it includes all kinds of household chores such as cleaning, laundry, cooking, shopping, swabbing, scrubbing, gardening, babysitting and care of the elderly. It constitutes one of the major single sectors where especially a large number of women are employed. For a long time during the 20th century, it was expected that the technological progress would eliminate the need for assistance from human beings in households. But, today, at the threshold of the 21st century, the number of domestic workers have increased. Under these circumstances, the present paper aims at exploring the status of women domestic workers in Bangalore. Data collected as part of an ICSSR sponsored research project completed by the author has been used for developing the present paper.


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