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Human Bondage: Tracing its Roots in India is an in-depth study of bonded labor with special focus on how the system exists in India. The book provides us with a detailed analysis of the historical, social and cultural context in which bondage has developed.

The author discusses the socio-economic characteristics that accompany bondage: caste, illiteracy, landlessness and land tenure issues, alienation of land, lack of skills, poor employment and wage conditions, indebtedness, migration, and globalization.

Extreme forms of bondage, including child labor, trafficking in women and children, and social forms like devadasis and yoginis have also been covered.

The book explores important factors like the legal framework, policy interventions, solutions and the role of the various stakeholders—media, government, trade unions and NGOs—in tackling this issue.

The book is essentially about human freedom and dignity—the quintessence of human existence—and the forces that rob them, the dispossessed victims, consequences of dispossession, and ways and means of restoration.

Role of Media and Communication Agencies
Role of media and communication agencies

A nine year old girl at Hangranhalli in Mandya district of Karnataka taken away for bonded labor was found chained around her legs and with burns on her back.

Rukhsana is reported to have been employed by one Mohammed Imtiaz, a bone trader for the last four years. Reports to this effect have surfaced now.

According to reports, Rukhsana was made to work at an isolated house on Belagumba road, closest to which was the City Development Authority Office. Rukhsana was taken away by the trader after money was paid to her mother four years ago. She had a sorry tale to tell. “One person was exclusively watching over me. My legs were tied all the ...

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