Please Help Me Get My Rights As A Working Mother!

Aren't colleges supposed to provide leave for maternity and child care to female employees? Read this story of a working mother.

It’s been five years since I started working as an Assistant Professor, in a provincialized college in Assam. When I joined my job, I was unmarried. So, all the extra burden didn’t bother me that much.

All the departmental duties of the college were being performed by me as an English teacher, and there were quite a lot of students to be taken care of.

I was not given my rightful leave after a miscarriage

Then came the phase of my life where I got married. Difficulties started when I suffered a miscarriage. I know that’s a very taboo topic to talk about, but this very experience has brought both physical and mental trauma to me.

My doctor had asked me to take rest. I informed my authorities about it and had sent my reports via WhatsApp. Despite that, I was forced to produce the leave application and reports in person. Also according to the government rule, a female employee should get at least a period of rest for 6 weeks, which I was deprived of, probably because of my employees’ lack of knowledge, or because I was treated as weak person who couldn’t speak up.

Struggle during pregnancy and birth

Next came the phase where I got pregnant. The struggle was real. There were times when I was given duties that had to be carried out throughout the day. So I had to starve myself as there were no canteen facilities around.

Moreover, after my baby was born, I was called to college to perform my duties though I was allowed to work from home. But the authorities made sure I came and performed my duties in person.

And finally, my baby and I were COVID positive and I wanted to take Child Care Leave which they did not give me.

Please help me and let my story be known to people who can help me!

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