NHRC to probe bonded labour in J&K

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday ordered an inquiry into 42 people, including minors, from Chhattisgarh being forced to work as bonded labour in Jammu brick kilns.

"The commission has asked its director general (investigation) to depute a team for an inquiry and submit a report expeditiously," said an NHRC official.

According to a complaint to NHRC, 42 people, including minor Adivasi girls from Chhattisgarh, were working as bonded labourers at two brick kilns in Jammu district of Jammu and Kashmir.

"The brick kiln owners allegedly did not pay them full wages and tortured them," said the complaint.

"They were also threatened that they would be thrown into the brick kiln furnace," the complainant added.

"The complainant has expressed apprehension that these bonded labourers are victims of human trafficking and have been sold by agents to brick kiln owners," the NHRC said.