BookMyBai, an online service which allows users to hire domestic help has announced a blanket ban on Bollywood celebrities. The website’s co-founder has written a lengthy blog alleging that over 20 Bollywood celebrities mistreated domestic help hired via BookMyBai.com.
He mentioned in detail about the 5 cases, without identifying anyone. From claims of verbal and physical abuse to not giving days off for personal emergencies and even refusing to proper meals and compensation, Mr Sinhal alleges that working with celebrities in Mumbai has been nothing “less than horrendous”.
Mumbai-based start-up, BookMyBai claims itself “India’s largest online aggregator of maid bureaus.” Mr Sinhal writes that they have serviced 10,000 households since March 2015 but have not come across a single case of harassment or exploitation.
“BookMyBai has worked very closely with a lot of Bollywood celebrities and provided them with a good domestic help in Mumbai and other cities and our experience have not been less than horrendous,” he writes.
He adds,”I am only talking out of my personal experience of providing a domestic help to over 20 Bollywood celebrities in Mumbai…BookMyBai has a blanket ban on all Bollywood celebrities and we have instructed our team to not provide domestic help to any of them”
Here are some disturbing allegations of mistreatment:
Mr Sinhal claims she did not allow her domestic help to travel to Bihar to perform his mother’s last rites. The reason was, she reportedly wanted a replacement before allowing her to leave. “I have no words to the extent of disgust I now have for this lady,” Mr Sinhal writes.
This celebrity reportedly drives a Rs 3 crore car but doesn’t give food to her domestic help. Drink tea and eat bread 3 times a day
This celebrity has been accused of physical harassment. Mr Sinhal writes the company wanted the woman to file a complaint at the police station but she refused. “She didn’t have the time to run to the police station every time the police calls her. Every time she would be summoned she would have to miss work and not get paid. We understand her concern. Without her support, the police refused to take a complaint and we couldn’t file a case against the employer,” he writes.
“All these cases disturb me,” Mr Sinhal writes. “For BookMyBai, the safety and security of our domestic help are the highest priority. We are fine if we do not earn money from a certain employer. The least that we expect is that he/she can treat a person like a human should be treated.”