Bonded labourers rescued from Kancheepuram face threats from ex-bosses

  • | Thursday | 18th July, 2019

Forty-two bonded labourers - 28 from Kancheepuram district and 14 from Vellore district, were rescued from two woodcutting units in two separate rescue operations on Wednesday. While the labourers rescued from Vellore, were given their release certificates, the Kancheepuram Revenue Department has delayed their paperwork stating "insufficient circumstantial evidence". The bondageThe bonded labourers were trapped in horrendous living conditions at the wood-cutting unit, they said. Buvana* a 19-year-old girl had lost her mother in the wood-cutting unit last year and her father escaped the unit soon after. The rescued bonded labourers are battling extreme uncertainty as wood-cutting is the only skill they have.

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