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Hinduja family sentenced to jail for exploiting servants

June 22, 2024 04:45 PM
 Hinduja family sentenced to jail for exploiting servants

Switzerland, June 22-
The Hindujas, the wealthiest family in the UK, face around four-year jail terms for exploiting their Indian employees at their Geneva villa. A Swiss judge found four members of the family guilty of illegal employment, which they have challenged in a higher court.
The court on Friday branded the Hindujas "selfish" after prosecutors alleged they meted out inhuman treatment to their staff, who were taken from India to work as domestic help at their family mansion.
It ordered four-year and six months' jail term for Prakash Hinduja and his wife Kamal Hinduja, and handed their son Ajay and his wife Namrata four-year terms each. The court, however, acquitted them of a more serious charge of human trafficking.
During the trial, prosecutors had alleged the Hindujas paid their staff only $8 (Rs 660) for working up to 18 hours a day. This was less than a tenth of the wage mandated by Swiss law.
The family also confiscated the passports of their staff and rarely allowed them outside their villa in the wealthy neighbourhood of Cologny, the prosecutors alleged.They also told the court that the family spent more on their dog than on their servants. Their expenses were around 8,584 Swiss francs (Rs 8 lakh) on their dog every year whereas some of their staff worked up to 18 hours a day, seven days a week, for just 7 Swiss francs (Rs 660) per day, Swiss prosecutor Yves Bertossa had stated.
The Hindujas had denied the allegations and said their employees could freely leave the villa and received ample benefits. The defence argued that the staff was "grateful" to the Hindujas for "offering them a better life."

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