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Hyderabad High Court questioned telangana government in brick kilns case

The Hyderabad High Court on Monday sought to know from Telangana government as to what action it has taken on the owner and supervisors of a brick kiln in Karimnagar district for kicking on the stomach of a pregnant Odisha woman worker that eventually resulted in her death.

The bench of acting Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justice S V Bhatt was dealing with a public interest petition that was referred to it by the Supreme Court that narrated the inhuman conditions under which several migrant labor from Odisha have been working in the brick kilns in Peddapalli and other areas of newly formed Telangana state.

Earlier, following reports in media about the inhuman chopping of palms of two labourers from Odisha who were taken as bonded labour to work in Hyderabad brick kilns, the Supreme Court has taken up the case suo mottu as a public interest petition. After recording the assurances of the states of AP, Telangana and Odisha, the apex court made the labour commissioners of these states as respondents to the case and referred the matter to the respective high courts.

Even before the matter was taken up by the Hyderabad High Court, Justice Bhosale came across the inhuman incident of the death of the pregnant woman worker in Hanumanthunipet village of Peddapalli mandal in Karimnagar district that happened on December 3, 2015 .

According to reports the woman who was in her fourth month of pregnancy could not move out of her shed where she was kept after being brought from Odisha. Demanding her to come for work, a supervisor brutally beat her and even kicked her in the stomach which led to heavy bleeding and finally to her death.

“What steps have you taken after this incident?,” the acting CJ asked the counsel for the T government. “Was a crime registered? Who is the owner of this brick kiln? Was the deceased woman brought here as a bonded labourer? Was the man who attacked her arrested?” , Justce Bhosale posed these series of questions.

“Tell us answers to all these questions within a week and we will monitor this case and the matters pertaining to the working conditions of the labourers working in unorganized sectors in both AP and Telangana states,” Justice Bhosale added. Seeking affidavits along with suggestions for improving the conditions of these labourers, the bench gave a week’s time for both states to file their affidavits.

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