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Action against violation of Bonded Labour Act-1976  

20 Julie 2010 09:49:59

 

Action against violation of Bonded Labour Act-1976
 
ISLAMABAD (INFN): On violation of Bonded Labour Act 1976, the Supreme Court has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab to take action against District Police Officer (DPO) Mandi Bahauddin and others for not taking action against the curse of bonded labour in their vicinity. A three-member bench of SC directed police officials to provide protection to recovered family— Mohammad Inayat and his family, who were under illegal detention of a brick kiln owner in Phalian. The bench also directed the IGP to proceed against the doctors who had removed kidneys from the couple so that they could make payment for the borrowed money taken as advanced salary. The bench also ordered to submit report within seven days. The bench rejected the report of DPO Dar Ali Khattak which states that the family members were staying with the owner of brick kiln with their own consent. On suo-motu case, the bench issued directive after conducting proceedings of pertaining to recovery of the family. The victim, Mohammad Inayat along with his family appeared before the court and apprised that he had to pay back an amount of Rs.290,000 to Chaudhry Mohammad Nazir, Chaudhry Mehmood and other owners of brick kiln, but they had taken away his wife and children besides forcing them to work as bonded labourers. He said that he was also implicated in false cases. He told the media that he and his wife had undergone surgery in Jinnah Hospital Rawalpindi last year to sell their kidneys in return of Rs. 200,000. He further narrated that after removal of kidney, he is suffering from Hepatitis which added to his family's problems. He described that it was a common trend in his area to involve the bonded labourers in false criminal cases in connivance with police officers. Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman admonished DSP Ghulam Mustafa Gillani who presented the report.