Over the last few years, Kerala has witnessed an increasing flow of labourers coming in from other states seeking employment. According to a study conducted by the Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT), three years ago, there are 25 lakh migrant labourers working in the state.
In a sense, they are a support system to Kerala’s economy.
However, in light of the recent Jisha Murder Case and other crimes being attributed to these labourers, there seems to be a deep mistrust of them in the psyche of the public.
Retd. Justice K. Chandru of the Madras High Court is an expert in labour law. He says, “Whenever a crime is committed, in which a migrant worker is suspected, it is the attitude of the people against migrant workers that matters. People have a tendency to take the law into their hands and brutally attack the migrant worker. Even the State/Police excesses are condoned.”