The Supreme Court sent a notice to the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on a PIL which alleges that some districts in these states have around 187 persons in Bonded labour. 

The PIL was filed by a social worker who sought to rescue and rehabilitation of 187 persons who are forced into bonded labour which includes women, children and even infants. The Order given by the Supreme Court criticizes the District Magistrate, District Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh and the District Rohtas, Bihar for taking any prompt action regarding the prevalence of Bonded Labour.

The devastating practise of bonded labour in brick kilns was observed by the National Human Rights Commission on 11.05.2020 and sent directions regarding the same. But there was no response from the State’s side. The PIL alleges,

“The Covid-19 pandemic has severely exacerbated the abusive conditions that bonded labourers are trapped in. It has also pushed persons who were not originally working in a state of bondage, into a state of bonded labour.”

The petition was filed through Advocate Srishti Agnihotri. The petitioner was represented by Senior Counsel Anitha Shenoy

(By -Ukkash F)