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The Daily star Editorial : 02-06-16

The Daily star Editorial : 02-06-16

by- মোঃ মোজ্জাম্মেল হোছাইন

প্রথমে শব্দার্থগুলো পড়ে নিন

Bondage:দাসত্বব (Enslavement, thrall)
Perpetuate : চিরস্থায়ী করা (Lasting forever, eternalize)
Amid:মধ্যে, বেষ্টন (In between of, surrounded by)
Engross:কোন কিছুর প্রতি সম্পুর্ণ মনোযোগ দেওয়া, নিমগ্ন (Giving all attention to something, absorbed)
Exponential:দ্রুত বৃদ্ধি পাওয়া (increasing or growing very fast)
Toil:কঠোর পরিশ্রম করা (Work, Travail)
Enslave:ক্রীতদাস করা(Beslave)
Grim:ভয়ানক(Terrible, Dire)
Scourge:অনেক সমস্যার কারণ (something or someone that causes great suffering or a lot of trouble)
Deteriorate:অধিকতর খারাপ হওয়া (Worsen)
Coercion:বলপ্রয়োগ(Force)
Prevalent:প্রভাবশালী, কর্তৃত্বপূর্ণ (Dominant)
Lay Bare:তুলে ধরা, জানানো (Make something known)
Deter: বাধা দেওয়া (Prevent)
Abhorrent:জঘন্য, ঘৃণ্য (Heinous, Loathly)
Abolish:বাতিল করা(Reject)

Bondage perpetuates amid growth!Development for whom?

We are so engrossed in the exponential development figures that we hardly care aboutthose people who are toiling in enslaved conditions to fuel the growth engine. The grimpicture came out in a recent survey report prepared by Australia-based Walk Free Foundation. It says that over 15 lakh people inBangladesh are engaged in modern slavery with some 44 percent of the population being vulnerable to the scourge. Regrettably, the situation has deteriorated since 2014 when the number was 6.8 lakh.

The global slavery index defines slavery as”situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power and deception”. According to the report, the most common form of slavery in Bangladesh is forced labour which is particularly prevalent inmanufacturing, manual labour, construction, drug production and farming. Commercial sexual exploitation, child marriage and trafficking are also perpetuating the worst form of exploitation. The findings of the report lay bare the poor condition of labour rights in Bangladesh. The labourers engaged in informal sectors are the worst victims of exploitation.

There is hardly any regulation to protect the rights of these workers. Our law enforcement initiatives are also not adequate to deter crimes like forced prostitution, trafficking and child marriage. The implementation of programmes and policies to address this abhorrent situation are not cohesively implemented by the government. We can’t emphasize more on the point that we need to abolish all forms of inhuman labour to ensure equality, human dignity and sustainable development of the country.

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