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187 Persons Alleged to Be in Bonded Labour At Brick Kilns In UP And Bihar: PIL Filed In SC; SC Seeks Response [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 8 Jun 2020 6:04pm

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The Supreme Court on June 04, 2020, has issued notice to the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on a Public Interest Litigation filed under Article 32 of the Constitution seeking a writ of mandamus or a writ/direction of a similar nature to grant urgent release and rehabilitation to 187 victims of bonded labor (among whom are pregnant women, children, and infants) who are being held at three different brick kilns located in the States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Direction to this effect was issued by the Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Krishna Murari, and S Ravindra Bhat.

 

Background of the case: 

In April 2019, the Petitioner had received information pertaining to three instances of bonded labor at different brick kilns in the States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. After undertaking proper due diligence and collecting intelligence on crime linkages of traffickers/ exploiters their source, transit, and destination areas, the petitioner had with the assistance of a civil society organization filed three written complaints before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on May 08, 2020. On May 11, 2020, the NHRC had taken cognizance of the complaints and passed an order to respective District Magistrates of Sambhal, U.P., and Rohtas, Bihar to depute a team of officers for conducting a spot inquiry in the matter within 15 days. As no actions were taken by respondent authorities, the petitioner was compelled to file a writ petition. 

The petitioner has mentioned in his petition that, these victims of bonded labor are being made to do… Continue Reading...


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