In a shocking development, the popular online domestic help platform BookMyBai has decided not to offer services to Bollywood celebrities. The platform that assists people to find domestic help, has alleged that celebs do not treat their help correctly and, most of the staff have complained of ‘horrendous experiences’.
Thus, Anupam Sinhal, the co-founder of the company, declared company’s decision in a blog post. “We are all fans of some celebrity or the other. We look up to them. They become role models. Some of them also get prestigious national awards for their work. BookMyBai has worked very closely with a lot of Bollywood celebrities and provided them with good domestic help in Mumbai and other cities, and our experience has been no less than horrendous,” reads Sinhal’s post.
Anupam had also asserted several examples of maids being maltreated by celebs.
In an interview to DNA, he said that BookMyBai took the decision after a lot of consideration and will stick to it.
“In the last few months, we have had several complaints from maids about celebrities not behaving well, paying them less — sometimes not paying them at all — and not providing them a meal or leaves that they are entitled to. Celebrities feel that since they have money and influence, they can do anything to their home helps, who often choose to not report cases of abuse and misconduct due to their poor financial condition and fear of being targeted,” Sinhal said.
“We have had at least 20 big celebrities as clients, apart from a large number of small-time actors. Around 500 requests come to us every day and we can only provide close to 80-90 home helps. When the demand is this high, we would rather provide our services to valued customers over celebrities who have a poor record,” he added.