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THE LOST CHILDHOOD Bidi is a leaf-rolled cigar made of coarse tobacco prepared for smoking. Bidi industry is one of the foremost cottage industri… Read More
THE LOST CHILDHOOD Bidi is a leaf-rolled cigar made of coarse tobacco prepared for smoking. Bidi industry is one of the foremost cottage industries in India. This industry has been forcing the involvement of children especially minor girls at the age between eight and ten as part of a working family. Nearly 225,000 children are engaged in bidi making. Bidi rollers are constantly exposed to tobacco dust and hazardous chemicals. They experience exacerbation of tuberculosis, spondelysis, asthma, anemia, giddiness, postural and eye problems, and gynecological difficulties. When biddies are stored in the house, food spoils quicker and family members experience nausea and headaches. Read Less
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