India’s economy is the 10th largest in the world, but millions of the country’s workers are thought to be held in conditions little better than slavery. One man’s story – which some may find disturbing – illustrates the extreme violence that some labourers are subjected to.
Dialu Nial’s life changed forever when he was held down by his neck in a forest and one of his kidnappers raised an axe to strike.
He was asked if he wanted to lose his life, a leg or a hand.
Six days earlier, Nial had been among 12 young men being taken against their will to make bricks on the outskirts of one of India’s biggest cities, Hyderabad.
During the journey, they got a chance to escape and ran for it – but Nial and a friend were caught and this was their punishment.
Both chose to lose their right hands. Nial had to watch while the other man’s hand was cut first.
“They put his arm on a rock. One held his neck and two held his arm. Another brought down the axe and severed his hand just like a chicken’s head. Then they cut mine.
“The pain was terrible. I thought I was going to die,” says Nial.
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Whoa! This reminds me of what Belgium did to Africans. The book “King Leopold’s Ghost” describes how Belgium troops had to collect a human hand for each bullet they used to prove they were not wasting ammunition.