‘Well-Being’ of domestic workers in India

Sahni, Sanjeev P. and Junnarkar, Mohita (2019) ‘Well-Being’ of domestic workers in India. In: Recognition of the Rights of Domestic Workers in India : Challenges and the Way Forward. Springer, Singapore, pp. 163-175. ISBN 9789811357640

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Work that domestic workers engage is highly demanding and undervalued. Though a large number of women are employed in this sector, statistical clarity largely remains unaddressed. The sector is plagued with unregulated low wages and lack of policies. Thus it becomes essential to understand the well-being and mental health of domestic workers. Through different empirical studies, it has been observed that these women suffer from depression, anxiety, suicide ideation and suicidal attempts. They face a plethora of interwoven complex web of problems that range from intimate partner violence, alcoholic male family members, lack of child care facilities, financial burden, and interrelationship conflicts etc. The work demands them to take orders from individuals who are younger than them and often bear the considerable amount of humiliation too. This makes it imperative to study the well-being of domestic workers. This chapter outlines the concept of well-being followed by the different models of well-being such as Mental Health Continuum, PERMA, Psychological Capital (PsyCap) and Quality of life. The chapter then leads to the issues and challenges faced by domestic workers such as unregulated and underpayment of wages, caste and religion, non-recognition of skills, working conditions etc. Finally, the chapter culminates suggesting few well-being initiatives. In future, mental health programs addressing the mental health and well-being issues need to be designed. The sector needs to be pursued diligently in the modern welfare society.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Domestic Work | Domestic Workforce | Labour Standards | National Labour Policy | Labour Law
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Rights
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2022 12:12
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2022 12:12
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-...
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/2038


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