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An Indian Christian woman forced to work as a “slave” by her Hindu employers


Indian Christians

An Indian Christian woman forced to work as a slave for her Hindu employers receives compensation for discrimination.

According to details, an Indian Christian woman Permila Tirkey was forced to labour for her Hindu employers. What is more, she was paid only 11 pence per hour has been compensated for facing discrimination. She has received about £184,000 in compensation for caste discrimination.

The victimized Christians woman Permila Tirkey living in Bihar which is one of the poorest states in India. Permila who is “Adivasi” as per native language, who comes from a very poor and neglected family background and has little education. Her Hindu employers namely Ajay and Pooja Chandok recruited her to work in their house in UK. The couple forced her to work for 18 hours per day, seven days a week.

What is more, when the Hindu couple recruited her, they prohibited her to bring her Bible along with her to Britain. Permila Tirkey was not allowed to contact her family back in India. The couple made her sleep on a mattress on the floor thus did not provide her basic necessities of life. She spent about four and a half years in slavery of the Hindu couple in the UK.

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However, when her situation was brought to light, the British law authorities took action against the Hindu couple. The employment tribunal while remarking about Permila’s case stated that she has suffered of criminal pestering and meandering religious discrimination.

The employment tribunal said, “The Chandoks wanted someone who would be not merely of service, but servile; who would not be aware of United Kingdom employment rights and whom they could treat in the United Kingdom as Mrs Chandok’s father treated his servants in India.”

Permila said in court while responding to a remark by the judge, “I want the public to know what happened to me as it must not happen to anyone else. The stress and anxiety that this sort of thing creates for a person can destroy them. I have not been able to smile because my life had been destroyed. Now I am able to smile again. Now I am free.”

On the other hand, Barrister Chris Milsom, who is the legal counsel of Permila stated, “Permila Tirkey is a remarkable woman and deserves enormous credit for her patience and stoicism at a time when she was brandished dishonest by those who held her in servitude for four long years.

“Those who have closely followed the legislative history of the Equality Act will recall that the government’s original rationale for refusing explicit prohibition of caste-based discrimination was that there was no evidence of it taking place in the UK. The damning findings of the employment tribunal render that stance untenable. Where such discrimination exists its victims must be protected.”

Furthermore, Permila’s solicitor Victoria Marks, who is representative of the Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit, said: “This is a very useful judgment for victims of modern day slavery. We hope that it will give other victims the courage to come forward and seek redress. It is important that traffickers do not act with impunity and that they see that their victims can and will hold them to account.”