Advances in Anthropology

Volume 6, Issue 4 (November 2016)

ISSN Print: 2163-9353   ISSN Online: 2163-9361

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Bonded Labour in Pakistan

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Bonded labour is widespread in Pakistan. This paper is an attempt to illustrate the nature of bonded labour in the agricultural sector and the brick kiln industry in the country. Despite the introduction of Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1992, bonded labour thrives because of the power and influence of big landlords in rural and factory owners in urban localities. It is argued that without effective land reforms or land distribution bonded labour cannot be eliminated. In additional to land reforms, effective governance based on strong democratic culture free of the influence of big landowners is essential to address the issue of bonded labour in Pakistan.

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Malik, N. (2016) Bonded Labour in Pakistan. Advances in Anthropology, 6, 127-136. doi: 10.4236/aa.2016.64012.

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