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Punjab: Three children among five members of bonded labourers’ family rescued in Amritsar | Amritsar News


AMRITSAR: Five members of a family including three young children, believed to be working as bonded labourers, were rescued by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) following a raid conducted on a dairy farm with the help of officials of civil and police administration on Thursday.
Giving details Dinesh Kumar , Assistant Project Officer, Victim Assistance, BBA informed that the raid was conducted at a dairy situated at “64 Qillae”, Fatehpur , near Amritsar on the directions of the National Human Rights Commission.
Those rescued included Jasveer Singh , 23, his wife Baljit Kaur, 22, sons Gurjit Singh, 6, Fateh Singh 2 a daughter Reet Kaur, 4.
Surprisingly Jasveer Singh was found tied to chains.
“This is for the first time I have seen anyone tied to chains which is not only surprising but disgusting “ said Dinesh Kumar.

Jasveer Singh along with his wife Baljeet Kaur and three children resided in the dairy for past over five years, he said. The family was made to live in two rooms in the dairy and were not allowed to send their children to school.
Giving details, he informed that Jasveer worked as ‘bonded labourer’ in the dairy of Mohinder Singh who had given an advance of Rs 10,000 to Jasveer in the year 2016 and was assured a monthly salary of Rs 3,000.
The family’s daily work included looking after and milking of 110 cows, scabbing the cattle shed besides other domestic work. The daily grind of the family began at 6 am to 3 pm and then from 4 pm to midnight.
From 3 pm to 4 pm which was supposed to be the rest time, Jasveer was tied with shackles and whenever he had to go outside then his family was not allowed to leave the dairy.
“Being a servant on call, Jasveer and his wife had to make themselves available round the clock to the employer”, said Dinesh.
The worst part was that when Jasveer would fall ill, the employer would deduct Rs 300 per day from his meager salary of Rs 3,000 a month.
He informed that the alleged accused had fled during the raid at his dairy and the district administration was yet to file a FIR.
Dinesh said BBA had also rescued a young boy who also worked in the dairy.
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