Delhi: 46 cases of placement agencies duping people

Frantically searching for a domestic help in the capital?

Updated: May 16, 2010, 15:04 PM IST

New Delhi: Frantically searching for a domestic help in the capital?

Pause before hiring one from placement agencies offering maids through newspaper advertisements as the capital has recorded at least 46 cases of cheating, including three this year, by such establishments in the past three years.

The domestic helps will come, stay a night and then vanish from the house and the customer will lose Rs 10-15,000 he paid to the agency, which will shift their shop and switch off mobiles only to surface somewhere else.

The latest victim of such agencies is a doctor in Rohini Sector-7 who paid Rs 12,000 for a domestic help from an agency "based" in south Delhi`s Tuglaqabad.

"The maid came one evening, but she was missing from next morning. The doctor tried contacting the agency in the number they provided in the advertisement but it was found switched off," a senior police official said.

The modus operandi is the same for every "dubious" agency. "These agencies are not registered and they advertise in newspapers. They provide their address at a far-flung area
where it is difficult to reach. They train maids how to flee from the house the next morning," the official said.

Six such cases were registered in 2007, the official said adding, 21 such incidents were reported the next year. In 2009, the number was 16 and it was three this year so far.

According to official figures, 110 placement agencies have been registered in the capital under the Delhi Shops and Establishments Act of 1954. However, unofficial figures peg
the number of "illegal" agencies here at around 2,400.

On January 30, Delhi Police had unearthed a fake placement agency involved in duping more than 100 people in the NCR in the name of providing domestic maid, caretaker,
nanny and nurses.

Police arrested two men -- Salim Turkey (35) and Bahuran Kumar (25) -- in this connection. They had changed their contact numbers for more than 50 times in the past two months to avoid arrest.

The arrests came following investigations into a complaint filed by Jagdish Narayan, a retired Director with Union Government, who claimed that he was cheated by two persons who took Rs 10,000 from him promising a maid.

Narayan claimed that he approached Jay Placement Service in Lajpat Nagar following a newspaper advertisement.

"They were promised a maid for of Rs 10,000 as
registration charges and salary of Rs 1,800 per month. Instead
of the complainant visiting their office, the duo offered to
provide service at their home," the official said.

However, the promised maid did not turn up and Narayan
approached police.

"They used to leave the maid with the customer. As per
fixed plan, the girl would run away from the customer`s house
within a day or two, sometimes even by drugging or robbing the
inmates. After that, they would change their mobile numbers as
well as handsets and even their residence," he said.