45 bonded labourers released in Koppal

March 25, 2019

All the 45 persons, including seven child labourers from Odisha, who were rescued from a brick kiln in Ginigera village in Koppal taluk, were issued bonded labour release certificates and cheques for ₹20,000 each for their rehabilitation by the Koppal district administration here on Sunday.

It may be mentioned here that based on a complaint by International Justice Mission, an NGO in Bengaluru, that people from Odisha were forced to work as bonded labourers in a brick kiln, the district administration, through the officials of Revenue, Labour and Police departments, representatives of UNICEF, got it raided, and successfully rescued them on March 22. The rescued were given shelter for two days by the district administrations.

On Sunday, Deputy Commissioner Suneel Kumar, who issued the certificates and cheques for ₹20,000 (rehabilitation fund) each, told The Hindu that a team of officials will take the rescued to their State and hand them over to the concerned departments.

A case has been registered against the owner of brick kiln Ramesh Yelur invoking various sections of the Bonded Labour (Abolition) Act, 1976, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, and also Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/45-bonded-labourers-released-in-koppal/article26628207.ece