Pune: A voluntary group (NJIYO) based in Vadgaonsheri had organised a unique event for domestic workers to show that they are an integral part of families. Also, a candlelight march was organised on Sunday to push for stringent laws against sexual offences.
NJIYO Founder Priya Seetharaman from Nyati Meadows, Vadgaonsheri, said, “Handling our everyday household work such as washing utensils, cleaning, cooking food and scrubbing toilets sounds like a routine job for maids, but it takes just a single day of their absence to make us realise how hard their lives actually are. We often don’t realise that they are an integral part and parcel of our lives, often taking them for granted.”
But that changed for a day when NJIYO organised games and outdoor recreation day on Saturday as a part of Women’s Day celebrations, specially dedicated to them. Sunita Galande, the local corporator, graced the event as the chief guest.
“Among other games, a spoon and lemon race and a musical chairs event were conducted amid much fanfare and excitement. A small closing party organised for their benefit was just the gesture to express the heartfelt gratefulness and appreciation felt towards them,” Seetharaman said.
Also, on Sunday, the group organised a silent candlelight march to protest against sexual crimes. A considerable number of society members turned up, candle in hand, to commence the silent march which began from the Nyati Meadows Housing Society. People marched carrying placards and banners with messages. The march culminated at Joggers Park in Kalyani Nagar. “The silent protest was a non-violent way to push for stringent laws punishing perpetrators of sexual violence in India,” the voluntary group members said.