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TORTURED BALANGIR KID’S HEALTH DETERIORATINGTuesday, 11 November 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
TORTURED BALANGIR KID’S HEALTH DETERIORATING
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The health condition of bonded child labour Sushant Kumbhar (13), who was subjected to physical torture and whose hand was crushed by his brick kiln employer in Karnataka recently because he refused to work in his factory, is fast deteriorating.
The injured and subsequent operated hand of the victim, who is a resident of Kadalimunda village in Patnagarh block, has worsened further as the injured place has become septic and fingers are not working properly. “The parts of the operated hand have become swollen with pus. The fingers are not working properly. Unless immediate medical attentio is provided, Sushant’s hand might not work normally,” said social activist Dayasagar.
Interestingly, though the victim was released as a bonded labour from Gulbarg in Karnataka, he is yet to receive the livelihood assistance under the Bonded Labour (System) Abolitions Act of 1976. “I have filed a case in the NHRC urging it to order the State to provide free medical care to the child and also interim relief of Rs5 lakh for the rehabilitation of the family. An impartial enquiry may be initiated to find out the fact and also to nab the culprits who made him suffer,” said Dilip Das of Antodaya, Kalahandi.
Noted social activist Vidhya Das, who visited the victim on October 26, expressed deep concern over the condition of Sushant. She appealed to people to provide financial assistance to the kid for his proper medical treatment. The victim along with his parents, Santosh Kumbhar and Bhanumati Kumbhar, brothers and sisters, was taken to a brick kiln in Karnatak in December, 2013 through contractor Bhutul Behera of Tikrapada and Mohan Meher of Baghlabandh village of Patnagarh. They took all the members of the hapless family to Khanderyanapali area of Sedam police station in Gulbarga district and employed them in a brick kiln by promising more money.