THE menace of bonded labour that prevails in our society is not only against Islamic spirit but also a clear violation of the basic human rights. According to the ILO, the amount of bonded labourers in Pakistan is around 1.7 million, majority of whom are landless tillers languishing in private jails of landowners and in brick kilns around the country. The big zamindars or waderas and brick kiln owners, since they are quite influential find it easy to take advantage of the poor workers. Secondly, it is they who set the terms of bondage, which are exploitative to the core, have a great deal of trouble in store for the peasant. As their condition shows, the labourers work like virtual slaves. Worse still, there are cases when their entire families and even the next generations have been forced to work under miserable conditions. The case of landowner Abdur Rahman Marri keeping a number of haris shackled in his private jail recently unveiled by a private TV channel is a case in point. True, some legislation has been done over the issue but as ill luck would have it, there is not much evidence of its implementation. The lack of government's will to eliminate this revolting human rights violation is, indeed, shocking. Those behind this inhuman activity ought to be brought to book irrespective of their influential positions in society.