Bonded Labour

Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 ( of 1976) Section 2, 3, 6 – It is apparent that recovery of the amount of any bonded debt or part thereof is specifically prohibited – Even the decree which have been passed before the commencement of this Act would be deemed to have been fully satisfied – As per Contract Act, such violation would certainly entitle the plaintiff to recover the amount – However, Section 3 of the Act overrides anything inconsistent therewith contained in any enactment other than this Act – Section 6 debars maintainability of a suit before the civil court for recovery of any bonded debt - The facts of the present case established that the defendant was engaged as a bonded labour as defined in Section 2 (g) of the Act of 1976 - Entire effort of the plaintiff was to bound down the defendant for a period of one year - This is exactly what has been abolished by the Act of 1976.     (2018-3) PUNJAB LAW REPORTER

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