Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Open letter to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),India about case of bonded labour

National Human Rights Commission
New Delhi

I receive information through Hindustan Times daily English newspaper dated 20th May, 09 regarding the proceeding steps taken by the NHRC towards the justice for bonded labour. Being as a member of District Vigilance Committee on Bonded Labour I am heartily thankful.
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Mr. Siddiquilla, his son Mr. Amirulla and his grandson worked as bonded labour nearly for 15 years in weaving industries at Altafurrahman resident of A-26/2 Hasanpura, under jurisdiction Adampur of Varanasi District On 23-11-2008 they receive the release certificate. Altafurrahman has threatened to ruin their house and make his family helpless. Due to fear, phobia, panic attack and nightmares both of them start living banished life.
Thanks to Dr. Inger Agger and Danish organization Rehabilitation and Research Center for torture (RCT) for introducing Testimonial therapy in India Parul Sharma of Sweden for the support in medicine and food. We took the testimony of Mr. Amirullah and provide psychological support to him and through it they eliminate their fear and phobia. Their fragmented story changed into consolidate story which convince district administration to grant the release certificates to Mr. Siddiquilla and Mr. Amirullah but on 8th February, 09 at early morning Mr. Siddiquilla died in a very nastiest condition. He got fracture in his leg and his family was unable to born his treatment expense. After receiving release certificate from ADM (Administration) Varanasi he took a long breath of relief and state “I will not die as a bonded labour”.
After eight year continuous struggle they receive release certificate and still Mr. Siddiquilla grandson does not receive release certificate. They are living in a rented house; they did not attain any welfare scheme run by the Government of India. It is totally impunity enjoyed by the owner Mr. Altafurrahman and district Administration.
Justice Delay is Justice denied. Please see the testimony of Mr. Amirullah in this context please take appropriate action against the owner and district administration.
Again my special thanks to NHRC, Dr. Inger Agger,Ms. Parul Sharma and RCT.

With Kind Regards,

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