Chennai: Fourteen persons, including four women and six children, who were working as bonded labourers at a brick kiln were rescued today in Vellore district by the Anti-Trafficking Cell of CB-CID and revenue officials.
The rescued persons were working in the factory for the last eight years, a CB-CID release said here. They were later issued release certificates by the district administration which entitles them to various government schemes. They were also provided some relief money. The release said that the owner of the brick kiln has been arrested.
Cases under the Bonded Labour System Abolition Act, Child Labour Act, SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and various sections of IPC were filed against the owner of the firm, who has been identified as one Saravanan, the release said.
Bonded labour in the country has been abolished by the Bonded Labour Abolition Act of 1976.