Bonded labor: The ugly reality of modern India

Trigger warning: This story contains physical assault, harassment, and suicidal thoughts that readers may find disturbing. “I was barely eight years old when I touched those silk threads for the first time, so it is ironic that I have never owned a silk sari in my life… they were always more expensive than I could afford,” says … More Bonded labor: The ugly reality of modern India

India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent

By Gajal Gupta* In July 2019, newspapers across India featured a shocking photograph of ‘Kasi’, an elderly man begging at the feet of officials who had come to rescue him and over 40 other adults and children from being allegedly trapped in bonded labour at woodcutting units in Tamil Nadu. Newspapers reported that many of those rescued … More India has criminalised modern forms of slavery, but bonded labour practices are still prevalent