The BBC’s Humphrey Hawksley reports on brutal physical abuse meted out to slaves in India.
Warning of horrors.
He starts with Dialu Nial getting his right hand chopped off.
Now free, and his injury healing, he is back home deep in the countryside of Orissa. There is no electricity or sanitation. Many of the villagers are illiterate.
“I didn’t go to school. When I was a child I tended cattle and harvested rice,” Nial says, sitting on the earth outside the cluster of huts which are his family’s home.
It is from communities like this that people are liable to be drawn into a system known as bonded labour.
Typically a broker finds someone a job and charges a
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