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It is happening within 30 km of Delhi — brick kiln labourers are being bought and sold all over Haryana.

By: Editorial |
February 25, 2021 3:00:15 am
This sad truth came to light when a group of social workers forced the police to rescue 17 families of labourers from the clutches of a kiln owner of Bharai village, six km from Bahadurgarh, an industrial township on the Delhi-Haryana border.

It is happening within 30 km of Delhi — brick kiln labourers are being bought and sold all over Haryana. This sad truth, which has become the accepted norm among the 1,000-odd brick kiln operators of the state, came to light when a group of social workers forced the police to rescue 17 families of labourers from the clutches of a kiln owner of Bharai village, six km from Bahadurgarh, an industrial township on the Delhi-Haryana border. Among those rescued is a 50-year-old woman who was allegedly being held hostage by the kiln owner’s men because her only son had gone to the capital to seek the help of the Dalit Panthers’ Bhatta Mazdoor Sangharsha Samiti.

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