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Name: Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1992 (Act No. III of 1992).
Country: Pakistan
Subject(s): Elimination of forced labour
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1992-03-11
Entry into force:
Published on: Gazette, Extraordinary, 1992-03-17, pp. 1-29, ISSN: 0012-8953
ISN: PAK-1992-L-30017
Link: https://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex4.detail?p_isn=30017&p_lang=en
Bibliography: Gazette, Extraordinary, 1992-03-17, pp. 1-29, ISSN: 0012-8953
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Abstract/Citation: This Act abolishes the bonded labour system in Pakistan, and discharges all bonded labourers from any obligation to render such labour. All property forcibly taken by creditors for the recovery of bonded debt must be returned, and encumbrances relating to bonded debt are no longer valid. Vigilance Committees at the District level, composed of representatives of government, social services, lawyers and journalists are to supervise its implementation, assist the rehabilitation of freed bonded labourers, and provide them with assistance to achieve the objectives of the law. Those persons contravening the Act are subject to imprisonment of two to five years, or a fine of fifty thousand rupees, or both. The Act is also published in Eastern Worker, 1992-06, Vol. 32, Nos. 6 and 7, pp. 8-13. Consolidated text in: M.Shafi, Complete Set of Labour Laws (Karachi: Bureau of Labour Publications, various editions).
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