Sunday, April 25, 2010

[ZESTCaste] 9 Dalit children among 15 rescued from bondage in Tamil Nadu

9 Dalit children among 15 rescued from bondage in Tamil Nadu
Sunday, April 25, 2010 19:20 IST

Erode (Tamil Nadu): Nine Dalit children were among 15 persons rescued
from bondage by revenue officials from a brick kiln near Erode in
Tamil Nadu, district officials said.

Benjamin Prabhu, revenue divisional officer, Erode said officials had
acted on information that 15 persons of Kattuserry village in
Nagapattinam district were being forced to work as bonded labourers in
a brick kiln at Kalingarayanpalayam, 12km from Erode.

The officials went to the kiln yesterday and spoke to the 15 persons,
belonging to three families. One of them alleged that they were not
being paid proper wages and that their children are suffering for want
of education.

The officials registered cases under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities)
Act, Minimum Wages Act and abolition of bonded labour act against the
kiln owner.

The rescued were sent back to their native town after being given a
part of Rs10,000 to be granted as per government rules. The balance
would be given later after receiving funds, they said.

One of the bonded labourers reportedly received Rs30,000 as advance
from the owner and another, Rs20,000.

The owner said the amounts were adjusted against their wages. He also
claimed that he had not violated any rules and that all the families
were given proper wages.

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