A housekeeping guide written by a mother who was not home at the time of the incident and who now lives in the US, has been shared widely in India.
In the post, the post-partum woman explains how her husband’s work as a housekeeper and mother of two kept her and her two daughters busy during her pregnancy.
The post has gone viral in India, where the term ‘housekeeping’ is widely used to describe the work of women, particularly in India’s traditionally male-dominated workforce.
The woman’s post also sparked debate on social media, with some users questioning the woman’s motives in writing it.
“It’s not just a housekeeping job but also a job that has been part of my life for the last two decades,” the post reads.
“I have worked as a home health attendant, an auto driver and even as a maid and I have had to fight for a living in the family,” she says.
The housekeeper says her husband has struggled with the same issue for decades and that she has never been paid.
“We were never allowed to go out without my husband and we never had the money to get to an event or a wedding,” she wrote.
“He is always in debt and we do not have the means to pay him back,” she added.
“So I have been forced to work a job of desperation for money that I do not deserve.
It is like a war I am fighting against the system.”
The post was shared on the website ‘Sanskrit’ which translates as ‘India’s oldest blog’, which features posts from women from different social and cultural backgrounds.
“For many years, women in India were kept at home and not allowed to work and were seen as dirty, untidy and unladylike,” reads one post on the blog.
“The ‘housekeepers’ of today are not a myth, they are not just housekeepers but also domestic workers, maids, cooks, housekeepers, carpenters, and even street cleaners,” the author of the post wrote.
Some users criticised the woman for not being able to pay her bills and the post was taken down on Wednesday.
The Indian media reported that the post had triggered a backlash on social networks, with users criticising the woman, saying she was not taking responsibility for her actions.
“There is a certain type of person who believes that it is better to be a housewife than a mother,” one user wrote.
However, the author, who went by the handle of Naveen, said she had not taken any personal responsibility for the post and had only shared it on social platforms to show her support.
“My husband is a house-keeper.
I was just trying to share my story with other women, I had no intention of hurting him,” she said.
“If he had been the one who was doing the housework, I would not have posted it on his Facebook page,” she explained.
“And I would have made my husband feel even worse, because I know how hard it is for a housemaid.”
The author, however, was not the only one to take issue with her post.
“Naveen’s post has been retweeted more than 12,000 times in the past 24 hours, which is insane,” wrote one user.
“She has been taken to task on her posts by women, both men and women, who feel that this post is insensitive and that it reflects poorly on women,” another user wrote, adding that Naveens post was being shared in a way that implied that her husband was abusive towards her.
“This post is meant to highlight the fact that women are not given the right to be home and that housework is considered dirty work.
I am appalled that such a sentiment has been accepted in this society,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“That’s what the post has done.
It has created a perception that housekeeping is a dirty job, which it is not,” another person said.
One Twitter user even said she would donate her entire savings to the woman.
“Thank you so much Naveena for your post.
It made me feel a lot better,” wrote another.
“Just because you are a house maid, doesn’t mean you are going to be abusive towards anyone else, even if they are a neighbour or neighbour’s daughter,” another Twitter user said.