Yes, often maids steal, are unreliable, and hold householders to ransom..but they are just often exploited, too. I must say, though, that in apartment buildings, there seems to be a good balance; our maids are often treated as part of our household.
This one was actually sweeping the road in front of her employer's home! Surely a little above and beyond her usual duties....? I loved her bright saree, and when she looked at me photographing her, she gave me a sweet smile.