INDIA: Bonded Labour In India

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Bonded labour is prohibited in India by law. Though the Constitution directly and indirectly prohibits the practice, vide Articles 21, 23 (1) and 24, a specific law that prohibits the practice, the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act was legislated only in 1976. Despite the statutory prohibition, bonded labour is widely practiced. The worst affected are the children, particularly those from the Dalit community. The practice is so prevalent in the country, that even a village in Uttar Pradesh state, Bandhua, literally meaning bonded, is named after the practice.

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Forest alert

 by Latha Jishnu

 Saxena panel report on Niyamgiri puts states under watch for forest, tribal rights violations

  imageTribals in Kodigumma village discuss filing of community claims 

Few committees have been as forthright as the N C Saxena committee on the violation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) by the very authorities which are charged with upholding them—the state governments.

In its report on the controversial project to mine for bauxite in the Niyamgiri Hills, the four member-committee headed by Saxena, a member of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's National Advisory Committee, has roundly taken the Orissa government to task for failing to implement the landmark FRA of 2006.

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