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If facilities for women on night shifts are bad it doesn’t mean that night shifts should be banned!

September 4, 2008

In 2005 an amendment (Factories Act 1948) was introduced to allow women to work in late night shifts, but only if adequate provisions for safety and transportation were followed. In reality, no one adheres to the law.  An interesting study* undertaken last year by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) on women on nights shifts in four industries (Textiles, Leather, Hospitals, BPO) brings this out.

When it comes to safety at work, a large percentage of women on night shifts feel insecure, but amongst the industries surveyed, it is those working in BPO’s who felt the most safe. And also those who worked for big, well-known firms and those who were in highly skilled jobs.

Leather Industry (45 percent felt insecure)
Textiles Industry (34 percent)
Hospitals (13 percent)
BPOs (8 percent only)

Small-scale firms (45 percent felt insecure)
Medium scale firms (26.4 percent)
Large-scale firms (13 percent only)

Low skilled women (34 percent felt insecure)
Moderately skilled women (29 percent)
Highly skilled women (8 percent only)

This is significant, because we usually feel that BPO employees are unsafe. That is what the media mostly reports about.

Child-care facilities are almost non-existent. Almost 92 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with child-care at the work-place.

Women on night shifts also faced commuting problems because of lack of adequate transport arrangements by employers. And expectedly, highly skilled women employees faced this problem the least, with only 2 percent facing any commuting problem. However, almost a quarter of the low-skilled women had a problem commuting to and fro from work. Those working in Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune faced the maximum commuting problem and those in Delhi, Hyderabad and Ludhiana faced the least.

There are other problems at work too, like harassment, which night workers face more than their day counterparts.

What this study revealed was that the bigger the company, the more conscious they were about providing safety facilities for women and this could well be because they had more women employees working for them. It could also be because they want to protect their brand name or were following international norms (being a multi-national). And highly skilled women employees are taken care of better, given the value the company places on them.

Some people want to use this information as an excuse to go back to the dark ages
Some people feel that women should just give up the job if they face problems. In fact some politicians are against women working at nights. There was a controversy in Karnataka last year about this issue after the murder of a BPO employee, although the state government took back their decision after protests from women’s groups. A few months ago the General Secretary of the CPI, Mr. A B Bardhan strongly condemned ASSOCHAM for recommending such a labour reform (allowing women to work night shifts) because companies neglected to provide safety rules.

I think it’s ridiculous to even think of banning women from working nights. The facilities that presently exist for them will start to deteriorate and worse, women will lose their jobs as companies will hesitate to hire women if the nature of their industry dictates shifts. This means that women in industry will decrease and as a consequence, so will facilities, even for day workers.

The reality is that a large percentage of women work to support their family or themselves. And they cannot refuse (even if they wish to) the night shift because it is necessary to the very nature of their job. To deny them the right to choose whether to take up a job, with the government playing Big Brother, is plain wrong. The government can instead expend their energy by trying to enforce rules.

If conditions for women are bad now, can you imagine how bad they will become if women are banned from working nights? It will give an excuse for those reluctant to provide facilities to renege on them.

And think of those who will work late hours anyway, because they need the job. Maybe not in the organised sector (factories) but plenty of other places.

Life is tough for women who do night shifts
What many don’t understand is the kind of hardship women go through (in a traditional society like India’s) to keep their job, any job, whether a day job or a night job. For women in night jobs it’s worse. They suffer social and domestic problems. Some people question their morality, including their families whom they support! And they are also castigated for “neglecting” their home and family.

The study showed that women in low-skilled jobs faced more of such humiliations…but the very fact that they kept on working shows that they need the job, to financially support the very people who question their morality!

It is also a fact that women who work nights face a lot of health problems…in fact studies have shown that they are more prone to breast cancer due to exposure of unnatural light. Also, women who worked nights had many health problems as they did not get their proper sleep in the day-time due to domestic work.

And the study also revealed that 83.2 percent of women did not do night shifts because of the higher pay offered – they did it because their job demanded it.

Indian women always worked nights
I wonder why politicians rake up this issue (of wanting to ban night shifts), when women working nights has always been a reality in India. And legally too. That is because state governments had the power to allow night shifts for women in certain industries like fish curing and fish canning industries (to prevent damage to raw material). And hospitals always had women in night shifts.

International laws
India allowing night shifts for factory workers in 2005 was pretty late by world standards. It was as far back as 1948 when the (International Labour Organisation (ILO) started to allow night work in certain industries and these rules were further relaxed as time went on. In 1990 certain safeguards to protect pregnant women were brought in.

It is interesting to know that in China today, 46.6 percent of the labor force comprises of women.

If women work, it ends poverty
The link between economic development and the number of women in the workforce has been proved. It also a fact that women tend to spend their income on food and education of their children rather than on themselves, and this benefits the family and society. This has been proved in numerous studies. Today, if India has to be anywhere in the world stage, it cannot ignore the contribution of women. It is the only way India can become a developed country and raise the standard of living for all. If you want to read more about this, go here.

(*on 272 participants including 216 women employees, 56 employers randomly chosen from BPOs, hospitals, textiles, garments and leather industries from 9 different cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad and Pune.)

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  1. ulag permalink
    September 4, 2008 9:25 am

    There is an interesting debate raging here in Bangalore about the deadline for closure of pubs and restaurants fixed at 11:30pm by the govt. The govt says that its fixing this short deadline to prevent/reduce crime rate. The argument of those against this deadline is that if these pubs, restaurants were to remain open till say 3 or 4 in the morning there would be more people around at nights and hence safety of people commuting at these hours also would be guaranteed as roads etc wouldn’t be deserted. I’m not sure how strong this argument is. But banning night-shifts for women is just the easier way out for the govt to wash its hands off the issue. The real solution would be to improve the policing and patrolling for both the above issues. But that would involve more cost to the exchequer and more useful utilization of tax-payers money which then cannot go into those never-ending depths of the politicians’ personal fortunes. It would involve more paper-work and improving police infrastructures and budgets. Why will the politicos waste precious time and effort on all this when they can simply ban it. Its the easier way out for them.

    I am sure the karnataka govt. would love it if women were banned from working at night! Save them any bad publicity if something happens to a woman. I am sure if the women’s groups had not agitated, the law would have been passed and women would have been banned. as for the police, they are busy protecting vip’s! – nita.

  2. September 4, 2008 9:45 am

    actually I would love to read more on the subject..what do women feel insecure about, Is it about possible physical abuse?, or anything else?.. I doubt if women need to feel insecure about physical abuse at workplace..thought my idea of a workplace is very limited, and confined to couple of big firms, and a lot confined to a single profession. It would be nice to see more on the subject.

    Rambler, you have opened a whole Pandora’s box! Yes, a good idea for a post. Will certainly keep it in my drafts folder. However let’s take the most obvious form of risk, safety while being transported home and coming to work. The other issues are also there, but I don’t have data on it as yet. – nita.

  3. September 4, 2008 10:16 am

    As always society and government are taking the easy way out: banning the women from working night shifts.

    Working night shifts is also hard as you work against your biological clock. I cna say that because I ahve done some night shifts with disasterous impact on my health. I noticed you did not mention women in media in your article.

    Poonam, in the media although journalists work late, they are usually escorted home and get good transportation. Some male colleague is kind enough to escort you home. The hours of a journalist are not fixed. During the budget for example, in a business publication (where I was working) it meant working late into the night, 3 a.m. and at times people didn’t even go home! But the working hours of a journalist officially are no night shifts. Paper content has to be ready by at least 2 or 3 if it has to be printed by early morning. However in the factory there can be women. However this study did not cover them as there are no significant numbers like say in the textile and leather industries where women are often preferred due to the nature of the work. as for night shifts, it’s very hard…- nita.

  4. September 4, 2008 10:16 am

    Well, to most of the problems Indian women face, I have but one solution. Organize, Educate, Agitate. Due, to their status, women can become an important interest group across the country. Do a dharna, everytime an a@$hole molests a woman, gherao the police station until he is arrested. Walk out like Mallika Sherawat did if your family wants to suppress you. Boycott work till your employer gives you adequate facilities.

    That is the only solution. I am 100 percent for it!! – Nita

  5. raghav permalink
    September 4, 2008 10:36 am

    It seems more popular when media reports a female BPO employee harassed rather than in a small-scale industry making agarbattis. Media also neglects poor by not reporting adequately about them.

    The amendment that took place in 2005 for the law drafted in 1948 makes me seriously think if India will ever be ‘developed’. I wonder how many more laws we still need to change.

    B. Bardhan- Can i stereotype him for being a typical Indian communist politician for what he said. I guess these ppl take a clue from the countries like Russia and China when it comes to women.

    I think the time has come that women have a greater representation in all types of jobs. They will atleast alleviate the probs. being faced if not eradicate them completely. I don’t know why but it feels that way. Less corruption. Escape from sub-standard stupid male politics .

    Secondly, it will give India a new face. Our PR abroad will sky rocket even if we continue to remain poor.

    India will progress faster as the development will trickle down not person to person but family to family.

    Our media I don’t think is even aware of the Indian reality. well, I am sure some people are, but most aren’t. Also there is another thing, they don’t want to write about the poor much as it won’t sell their papers. Well, about the 1948, it was only a limited law at the time, allowing longer hours of work, stretching into night-time. It all happened gradually over there, as status of women kept improving. As for Bardhan, he is is trying to create fear amongst vulnerable people and then project himself as the “savior” – that is what politicians do. – nita.
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  6. September 4, 2008 10:44 am

    I think its mostly brought to light after those horrible events last year, where a BPO employee was raped while returning home late night… Fact remains that things start rolling only after it’s too late… “Prevention is better than the cure” seems unheard of!

    well, bpo’s are of the least concern if one looks at it holistically. – nita.

  7. raghav permalink
    September 4, 2008 11:57 am

    A point i forgot to mention is that if women have increásed representation, men (all types) will be more exposed to seeing and dealing with them. It will be a sort of self-correcting mechanism against the violence of women. I mean men will think twice before committing any crime as there will be of women at work.

    Raghav, you are absolutely right. We need at least half the work force as women, like in China. Shoulder to shoulder, that is the way forward..also women also feel far more comfortable in an environment where there are a lot of women. – nita.

  8. September 4, 2008 2:35 pm

    Wow !! This was a great great post !!

    ANd I agree to most, naah all of ur points .. If you cannot provide the facilities then you cannot ban them from working .. That is insanely inappropriate ..

    I hope somehitng someway solves this problem ..

    thanks Soham. – nita.

  9. September 4, 2008 4:40 pm

    well i don’t get this at all..if people want to work and have the ability to work in that,let them do so…Why should People,well more specifically men,have a problem with this?

    well, men have a lot of problem with women doing things. – nita.

  10. September 4, 2008 5:51 pm

    Working at night is for sure not a pleasant and healthy job at all – I would avoid doing it if possbile. But you are right, Nita, somebody has to to it, especially in hospitals, etc. and women need jobs as well!
    I am really surprised that they make such a fuss about it in India – night work is needed anyway in a developed society. But it would be great it mankind will be able to reduce its need, for example through hight technologies.

    true, it’s an unpleasant job and hard on the body…all the more reason why people should respect it. And well, yes you are right in some cases technology can help to reduce the number, but some people will always be required, at least to supervise the machines. Unless ofcourse we get high quality robots! And why not, this technology is there, only it’s expensive. – nita.

  11. priyanka permalink
    September 4, 2008 6:41 pm

    Hey Nita,

    You are quite correct in saying that just because facilities are bad why should night shifts be banned?

    The need is to provide a support system at work especially for women. For instance, proper cab information prior to pick ups and drops, flexible approach towards swapping offs and many such other minute things which can make a major change in a woman’s life. However, the organisations wait for a tragedy to take place with female employees’.

    Thanks Priyanka. yes, this knee-jerk reaction on the part of organisation is bad…I also strongly feel that child care facilities must exist. – nita.

  12. September 4, 2008 7:37 pm

    You know on a first impulse I thought that Women shouldn’t do night shifts for their own safety, but looking at the big picture and the economical impacts it will be foolish to ban night shifts for women. We should just protect them, make it easier for them and provide facilities like you said. I always thought BPO employees were affected the most, but my Media infused brain is wrong again.

    the media misguides us doesn’t it! well, i think whether to work or not should be left to the woman. and I think vikram has suggested an excellent solution. Agitate till you get your rights! – nita.

  13. September 4, 2008 8:12 pm

    Great Post. I totally agree with what you have written.
    In small towns in India, parents won’t send their daughters to school if there is eve teasing.When they are older they are not sent to better colleges, if they are away from the home town, even if they have worked hard to have got admission there. Again because they fear for the girl’s safety. Many people really believe that women are safest if they wear burquas and stay at home. We know that is so NOT true. I found this wonderful link which tells you about the kind of harassment women in abaya/seclusion/burqua face.
    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/13/out-with-the-boys-for-a-night-of-numbering/

    I am also in favor of Pubs, markets, restaurants along with hospitals, theaters and whatever other organizations wish to remain open, being left open as long as they wish. It does make a place safer for women when there is no night time curfew – we have an undeclared curfew for most women, from 11 pm till 5 am (approx) all year.
    For example, I saw what happened when they started closing Cannaught Place, Delhi at 7 pm, the place looked eerily quiet and if you were delayed from some class or work , you’d see strange looking men aimlessly loitering and staring at you.
    Why not let people decide how long they wish to shop, eat, walk, work, whatever after a hard days work? I hate it when government tries to treat us, citizens , like school kids. Ban this, censor that – and its really really sad when people fall for this easy and incorrect way out.
    Neeta loved and the way you have brought out how women are working in night shifts in places other than BPOs. And have been doing so for ages. When I hear someone say how working women neglect their homes, I always say, when were Indian women not working? We have had women working in the fields, tending cattle, various industries for centuries.
    I some times wonder if there is some jealousy in this anti-BPO attitude? Just a teenie weenie bit….

    True, even a lot of agri-work involves women and it often happens at night. But the husbands of these women only get threatened if the woman demands equal respect. Many of the poor women, they work hard, but accept beatings and ill-treatment, thye take the curses, or suspicious attitudes..so the men feel their women are still in their control. But an educated woman who works in a bpo will not accept this. If her husband accuses her of having an affair or whatever, she will rebel, and rightly. You know that terrible murder which happened in bangalore…
    And I agree whole-heartedly, shops pubs etc should remain open the whole night so our streets will be safer. women should work everywhere, so we will be all safer. And will check out that link. Thanks. – nita.

  14. September 4, 2008 8:59 pm

    I work for one of the top IT companies in India.

    My project is a 24*7 support projects and we require someone to work in night shifts.We manage it by a rotation policy, everyone has to work for one week.

    We got ladies in our team, who have refused to work nights, siting being married a reason, management hired one unmarried lady employee and within 4 months she got married and refused to do night shifts.

    No women having the skill set our project required is ready to work night shifts, hence our team is slowly becoming a all men unit.

    From my personal experience I have found that No married lady agrees to do night shifts, unmarried ladies are ready but they have lot of conditions.

    It is true when we see the big picture , that night shifts for women cannot be banned.

    But how many women, or for that matter men too will whole heartedly agree to do night shifts??

    And how many women will whole heartedly agree when their safety is in jeopardy ?

    That’s very interesting Sharad. It would be interesting to find out why exactly these women refuse night shifts. Is it because they have small children? Is it because their in-laws forbid it? Or their husbands forbid it? Or because they just don’t want to (for health reasons) and are using marriage as an excuse to refuse? Or do they themselves feel that their “izzat” will suffer if they stay out at night? I would love to have the answers to these questions, but only a married woman who has done night shifts will be able to answer these questions. I hope someone does come along and clarify. – nita.

  15. September 4, 2008 9:08 pm

    Many companies in Bangalore these days have escorts/securities in the cabs. Also the cabs are fitted with GPS, to track the route its taking. Also they make sure the last drop is a male employee.
    I think the companies are doing their best. The government like always is washing its hands.

    Like in ulag mentioned, people should not be forced to close doors after 11:30. I mean, wouldn’t it be really safe outside if there are more people? Well the bars are open all through out the day and its not just drunk people everywhere.

    Police is just misusing its power, while they should actually be protecting everyone.

    As for women, I think it should be equal opportunity.. I think they sometimes had to resign/change shifts because of family pressure.

    BPO’s have it good compared to many other industries, and you have just said it! – nita.

  16. suman permalink
    September 4, 2008 10:06 pm

    Hi,
    I stumbled on to your blog while looking for something else on the internet. I got so hooked on to it that I spent the next 2 hours reading posts after posts! I am keen on blogging too but not being very tech savvy, Havent really ventured into it.

    Your blog is simple yet very captivating. And the sheer variety of subjects covered makes one explore even more! I am sure I’ll be coming back for more! Keep it up!

    thanks Suman and welcome! btw, you don’t need too much technical expertise on wordpress, or rather one can pick it up as one goes on. I knew nothing, but the wordpress faqs pages can tell you a lot, and it is possible to get a working knowledge in about a month or two. – nita.

  17. September 4, 2008 10:13 pm

    Well after reading my post about what happened to me when I was coming home late at night u can very well guess working night shifts in my city is a risky thing. But the reasons u cited for doing a job any job by a woman are so true and the govt needs to provide security instead of banning night shifts. That is no solution and this will make companies discriminate against women workers even more. Even in teaching field , single women are not preferred as they may marry and leave college!!!

    Risky for one’s reputation it seems! :) And well, men leave their jobs too, reasons are different. – nita.

  18. September 4, 2008 11:50 pm

    I have heard about horrible incidences of narrow escapes by some of my women friends and co-workers. Its not at all safe but its the responsibility of the companies to ensure their safety. For e.g. in my company, we are instructed to always drop the female staff first. So as a rule, the last drop should be a male.
    But still, chilly powder sprays should be kept as precaution. :)

    narrow escapes sound scary! I would say pepper spray is a good idea. – nita.

  19. September 5, 2008 12:22 am

    Nita – great post! I wholeheartedly agree with Vikram’s suggestions.
    I myself have worked shift-work in the past. No employer ever bothered to see to my safety before arriving at work or after leaving. I was basically on my own to sink or swim if difficulties arose, which I was fortunate to have avoided.
    The sad fact of life is that the welfare of workers is left for them to contend with and only those who actively pursue sharing responsibility with their employers for their own welfare are looked after. With the dismantling of unions in parts of the world, workers’ welfare is put in jeopardy. Basically in many parts of the world workers are serfs and treated as such not just women, but also men and children. Corporations are not in business to share equitably the gains they make with their producers, the workers. Until that is rectified safety issues of working persons will remain a concern. G

    I agree, workers’ welfare, particularly as to transportation, is what companies don’t want to spend on. However, we have a strong union movement here still, although weakening very fast. A very valid point there…about all workers, whether men or women or children, can get the raw end of the stick. Not in all companies, but in many, most I should say. – nita.

  20. September 5, 2008 12:27 am

    Well, I totally agree with you. In a way, I feel that the fight for the rights of all minorities (a term which is inappropriate for women) are very similar.

    I am not sure they are similar Kris. – nita.

  21. September 5, 2008 12:42 am

    Does it really matter whether it is day or night? In certain parts of the country women are not safe at any time. I think it is how women are viewed in parts of India that is the root of all problems. Part of the problem is caused by women themselves since they do not generate enough respect for their own gender in their offspring. I know it sounds very simplistic but that is how it is.

    Odzer, how women are viewed is the problem, I agree. And I often get a comment which says women are to blame (partly) because they bring up the kids, all of these comments come from men. Well, all I can say is that women often internalize the pain. The society needs to change, not that women can be absolved of the responsibiity. But women can become very disturbed, and start to believe they are inferior. The men in their life need to tell them that they aren’t. It helps.
    Also, I think that men have a responsibility towards the shaping of their children, and in fact it is well established fact that boys look upon their fathers as role models, even if the father is not directly involved in child-rearing. Girls can be influenced by dads too. I am far more influenced by my father rather than my mother, although my father was away from home for years at a time (field area, army) and that too in my formative years. My father is a very strong man, and right from when I remember he instilled in us the equality of the sexes. It was evident in the way he treated my brother and me. My mom tended to favour my brother but that was exactly why I looked to my father with admiration, awe, love and respect. I love my mom too, as she never discriminated against us in any way (education for example), but there is certainly a male bias on her side in the way she spoke about men. – nita.

  22. September 5, 2008 1:53 am

    Thanks so much for this great post, and all the comments. I’m a journalist in New York City. I wrote a book about people in New York who work nights, NightshiftNYC, and just recently posted a blog entry about women’s right to work nights. I’m applying for a grant to come to India to talk to women who work nights and get their side of the story, to correct the incorrect information the media is printing on this subject. So thanks again for your post & everyone’s comments to help me get the story right.

    Cheryl, it’s a pleasure and you are welcome. – nita.

  23. September 5, 2008 10:15 am

    Nita, another industry that employed women in large numbers is the electronic hardware manufacturing sector. The report mentions the HC Interim Order, which allowed women to work in night shifts in SEEPZ. Being associated with this company, I would like to share some info without citing details.
    1. Women are more productive due to the dexterity of fingers (which is why sewing and knitting is their forte)
    2. Electronics manufacturing (under microscopes) require the same dexterity of fingers as that required for Surgery/Microsurgery.
    3. Since night-shifts for women were not allowed by the law of the land, a special interest group (formed with the support of company management) fought the case on the grounds of equal opportunity for women in jobs@night.
    Needless to say, the stipulated facilities were well provided, as it was of utmost importance to have a congenial productive atmosphere to meet stiff export schedules. As you rightly pointed out it is the implementation of safer transport that needs to be looked into rather than banning of night shifts!

    Getting to change laws is one hell of a task out here in India as rightly pointed out by you in your post. But is getting to change attitudes any easier? Women have always been underpaid and overworked. It is time that they are paid on par without sex-discrimination based purely on merit, without such hangups like “this is additional income for the family”.

    With bloggers like you, we can be sure we will only forge ahead!

    Thanks for this information Gopinath. As you said, in certain industries, women are preferred. About attitudes, I guess it will take a lot of time, but as more women work, it will happen faster. – nita.

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  24. September 5, 2008 11:03 am

    so many things have been written that i hardly need to write any thing.. But i must say, its a great post, as usual! :)

    thanks – nita.

  25. September 5, 2008 11:24 am

    A woman or a group of them walking at late night automatically invites stares, unwelcome attention and rude/lewd comments. Neighbours and probably family members are also uncomfortable.

    Somehow, working night shifts is not accepted as a natural part of your work life. There is immense social resistance and a sense of embarassement attached to it.

    This may be less in Mumbai and some other places, but, I am not sure about the rest.

    Extensive use of night shifts will have to be need based with accompanying provision of facilities. A change of mindset is very imperative and mass awareness and social education would aid this change. This means that change will be slow.

    Maybe, the next generation would have no qualms on working night shifts.

    It’s worse in small town and in some places it is outright unsafe to be out at night. About the next generation, I think overall it will be better for them. That is if they live outside of the joint family. In these cases, a joint family’s support would help greatly, but in the case of night shifts, I am not sure how many would. – nita.

  26. September 5, 2008 11:52 am

    Nita, it is the most convenient thing to do. If women are molested blame them for dressing up immodestly. If you can’t control the lawless, control the law abiding . If men misbehave, make sure that women stay at home. What next ? The victims should be punished for the crime inflicted on them. In incidents of wife beating will the wives be banished from their homes?

    True, women have to take responsibility for everything in our society. They are the upholders of all morals, virtues, everything, and ironically, this doens’t mean they get more respect! – nita.

  27. September 5, 2008 1:21 pm

    Great post, Nita. I agree with you completely. Instead of addressing the various issues here related to law, order and infrastructure, banning night shift for women is the easy way out. I used to work night shift too for some years, so I know how tough it is. In addition, I had to attend night calls too sometimes, even if not on duty.
    Though we women faced some ‘inconveniences’ in hospitals, but inside the hospital I never felt afraid. However, when on the road (commuting), we feel the same fear as any other woman.
    Thanks for your post.

    Doctors and paramedics do it, but usually people accept it in our society. That’s one advantage medics have. – nita.

  28. September 5, 2008 7:50 pm

    our government gives an easiest solution which hardly appears a solution..
    instead they should punish the organsations whihc doesnt provide enough facilities
    banning as u said will only increase problems..

    remember once blogspot was banned just because some blog was against the government .,. funny :P

    also banning things is dramatic and attention getting. Great for politicians. – nita.

  29. swadesin permalink
    September 30, 2008 2:55 pm

    It is felt that women working in night shifts are not safe and especially in the BPOs sector.But still then 40% of the working women work in these sector.Work is work ………whether day or night,Apart from the BPO sector aso women work in night shift ,then is it safe?

  30. ashrita permalink
    September 9, 2012 9:09 am

    It is very disheartening to write here that my employer Elite Hospital, Jamshedpur is not atall following the rules. working girls are forced to stay two hours late in the evening and hence time goes about 7 to 7.30 p m. conveyance provided up to a center point.Then you have to go your own in the night.Always women are supressed and if open up the thrashhold of leaving the job.

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