SEREMBAN: The parents of an eight-month-old boy who were allegedly forced to either work as bonded labourers or give away the toddler to a moneylender are now free from the clutches of the loan shark.
Following a police probe, the moneylender has agreed to forego the alleged debts incurred by little Ganesan's father, V. Selvaraju, who was reunited with his family again on Sunday.
Selvaraju, 34, said he was grateful to the police and other quarters who had helped his family.
Ganesan was my main worry, said the rubber plantation worker, who claimed that he and his wife, S. Elizabeth, 24, had been forced to work as bonded labourers to settle a RM1,000 loan.
Their debts accumulated to more than RM7,000 within three years because of the interests.
The loan shark had allegedly given them another choice if they could not pay up: they could hand over the baby to him and he would forget about the debts.
The couple, with Ganesan and their other son, six-year-old Jegaretnam, had tried to flee from their home in Gatco village to hide from the loan shark but the man, who is also their employer, traced them to their relative's house in Rantau.
Late last month, some villagers helped Elizabeth and her sons to escape again and to get help from the Jempol MIC division. Her husband stayed back.
Their plight was reported in The Star on April 3.
Selvaraju said his employer released him from captivity, without any conditions, on Sunday.
I am glad it is all over now. I will continue to work hard for my family, he said with a tear rolling down from his eyes during their family reunion at the Negri Sembilan MIC office here yesterday.
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