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The Get-Paid Or Quit Plight Of Working Mothers In Chennai

By on January 20, 2014
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This article outlines the problems that follow childbirth with working mothers in Chennai. Every family awaits the birth of a new born to complete the circle. While the presence of a baby is all hunky dory to think of, there are several challenges that working mothers in Chennai face. The new Indian Express recently published at article on how new mothers who work for private companies are faced with a threat of losing their jobs if they choose to spend time with their infants.

Working mothers in Chennai are faced with different challenges while bringing up children, even more new mothers. The threat of losing their jobs and hence an extra income in this fast paced world does little in helping working mothers in chennai and their families. Most private companies do not follow pregnancy related laws to encourage parenthood and personal lives.

“I have worked in a software company for the last 2 years and was made to quit my job because I had to leave an hour early to tend to my 3 month old” (Meera, 29, Chennai)

“My 4 month old is sick and with the maid. I couldn’t even use my phone in the office to check on her. I had to quit, I had no choice” (Sarika 31, Banglore)

How do multinational companies in developed countries provide a year’s maternity leave and refuse the same for employees in an Indian branch? Is it taken for granted that Indians can be pushed to work harder and tolerate any amounts of pressure? There is a very fine line between work place pressure and work place abuse.

Taking matters into your own hands and dealing with abuse can have detrimental effects on your career as well, some say. Gone are the days when a mother’s longsuffering was within a home and went unnoticed.

The so called freedom that the society has provided for working mothers in Chennai, today comes with strings attached. Working mothers in Chennai are now turning back to staying in the home and tending to their children and families. While others manage to stretch their longsuffering to workplaces and sacrifice their time with growing babies, there is a list of different forms of accusations to face!

“How can you leave your baby with the maid?”

“Your child is so unruly, you should have spent more time with him when he was a baby”

“If you were there with me as a child, I would not have been taken advantage of”

“Who are we kidding here? Freedom for a woman lasts for as long as she is single. The minute she is married, its back to the basics of life. ” – Manisha, Chennai. 

Ladies, we encourage you today:

  • Take your stand.
  • You are free.
  • Do not cave into the pressures of society.
  • Stay confident that you can embrace your individuality always. Don’t allow anyone’s opinion to affect you.
  • The sacrifices you make or don’t make as a mother is one between you and your family.
  • An abusive workplace is no different from an abusive relationship. Treat them both aggression and stand up for the right thing.

Photo: Courtesy : The Indian Express

About Confessions of Tired Mums

Being a mum means having to wear multiple hats all day, everyday. We are inspired enough to reach to mums who need that extra boost of encouragement on those helpless days. This creative website is a reflection of everything we are, everything we have learned and everything you'd want to hear.


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