A day after the death of Lakshmi Devi, a domestic worker who was accused of stealing saris from her employer’s house, members of the Karnataka Gruha Karmikara Sangha (KGKS) staged a dharna and demanded that the government provide adequate compensation to her family. Speaking to The Hindu here on Thursday, Ruth Manorama, general secretary of Women’s Voice and KGKS advisor, said that Lakshmi’s employer and the police personnel who are said to have tortured her should be booked on the charge of murder and also tried under the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. She demanded that two women constables reportedly involved in the alleged torture should be suspended. Ms. Manorama said the government should establish a helpline for domestic workers. — Staff Reporter

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