All the available details about the recent kidnapping of a Mysuru boy for ransom incident are scary indeed. Seeking home care for the elderly has become essential for many families these days due to various compulsions.
Having domestic help has always been there fulfilling the needs of the employers and the employees as well. If crime creeps in these areas, it will be disastrous for all concerned.
While appreciating and congratulating Mysuru Police for their prompt response and safe results, I request our Police to initiate a proactive approach besides the usual reactive response. There can be a process and practice to register and update the details of all the personnel who work at homes in different capacities, with the Police. Employer families can be educated and sensitised to the need and the usefulness of such procedure. Police Stations can have a register or files with the biometric and identity details about all domestic service personnel. They also need to be convinced that such data can be for their safety as well.
We are fortunate to have many young, dynamic and enthusiastic Police personnel in Mysuru. They can initiate either to start afresh or actively implement if such a system already exists. The whole exercise should not be interpreted as infringement of privacy but essential as existent in any employment process.
– M.G. Srinath, Mysuru, 26.6.2022
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