Indian labourers near a construction area of a new railway in Janakpur. Photo: AFP

‘From captivity to leaders’: Three former slaves in India win village council elections

  • Millions of bonded labourers work in Indian fields, brick kilns, rice mills, brothels and as domestic workers to pay loans that can stretch across generations
  • In 2016, India announced an ambitious goal to rescue more than 18 million bonded labourers by 2030
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Indian labourers near a construction area of a new railway in Janakpur. Photo: AFP
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Divers use a pulley to enter a coal mine that collapsed in Ksan, in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, India, December 29, 2018. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika

Inside the ‘rat hole’ mines where Indians risk their lives to find coal

  • A recent collapse in minerals-rich Meghalaya has prompted a new reckoning over the illegal mines, which have a dangerous reputation for their suffocating narrow tunnels and lack of safety
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Divers use a pulley to enter a coal mine that collapsed in Ksan, in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, India, December 29, 2018. REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika
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