Reuters investigated the workplace deaths and injuries, especially among children, in India’s mica mines. In addition to poor regulation which allows mines to continue operating under the radar without proper licensure, Reuters journalists found that deaths in the mines often go unreported. Seven children died gathering mica in the last two months, and parents are often bribed to keep their silence. Mica became popular in recent years as a natural alternative to give cosmetics, car paint and other materials sparkle. Many companies, especially in the cosmetics industry, have substituted synthetic mica for mined mica in an effort to protest the working conditions, sometimes removing Indian mica from their supply chains entirely. However, the problem persists as educational opportunities in the mica-rich regions remain scarce and corruption runs amok.
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