Heartless Elites: Delhi Family That Abandoned Covid +ve Maid Has Worsened the Crisis


Heartless Elites: Delhi Family That Abandoned Covid +ve Maid Has Worsened the Crisis

It’s been 50 days since the coronavirus lockdown was imposed in most parts of the country, but it’s been clear that this period has been easier on some than it has on others.

The latest reminder of this fact came from a posh colony in Delhi, where an 18-year-old house help, who tested positive for Covid-19, was made to wait outside her employers house for hours before an ambulance came to pick her up.

News soon broke on Twitter, with some saying that the young woman sat on the road near Defence Colony, distressed and crying for three hours at night before a crowd gathered to console her.

The woman later said that she had been employed just three days ago, the The Indian Express reported. According to a resident quoted in the story, while their househelp sat sobbing, the employers were “nowhere to be seen”.

A doctor from the colony reached out to the help after he was informed by the neighbour. He gave her a PPE with gloves and around 1 am, after which she was escorted out of the colony by guards. She was later admitted to the hospital.

Other reports, meanwhile, point out that three members of the same family who employed the 18-year-old, had tested positive for coronavirus back in April. One of them, a senior citizen, had succumbed to the virus.

Back then, the colony’s guard had come under question, after he was accused of having attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin. He later tested negative for the virus.

For now, the 18-year-old is being treated at a medical facility within Defence Colony, where she is said to be displaying relatively mild symptoms. But the incident has once again highlighted the apathy of India’s elite and its middle class toward millions of those from the poorer sections of society.