LEAD's President ,Pastor Mushtaq Gill on dated 24 December 2011 has made survey to the brick kilns and their living standard and what they think about Christmas celebration and what they are doing religious activities on Christmas Day,what they have arranged and bought for their Children for example clothes,shoes etc.
These are the houses in which these poor Christians brick kilns are living and spending their lives like slaves.
Government action on this issue.
Brick kilns in Punjab
In the brick kilns of Punjab, in which bonded labourers were the particular focus of the Supreme Court's 1989 judgment, workers continue to be bonded by debt as a matter of routine, even though conditions of work have in many cases improved and there are fewer reports of the physical abuse of bonded labourers than in the past. Over the past year there have been a series of court cases in which the courts have ordered the release of bonded brick kiln workers. Almost without exception, however, these cases have been brought to court after local government officials refused to take action or failed to do so when cases were brought to their attention. In late 1998, for example, a court ordered the release of 14 bonded labourers held at a brick kiln in Rawalpindi District (owned by Altaf - HR Petition No. 110/4/1998). The 14 consisted of seven adults (four men and three women) and seven children -- all considered by the court to be in bondage. The owner of the kiln claimed that they owed him 73,000 Rupees (about US$1,400). The local police refused to carry out the "recovery notice" which the court issued, calling for the release of 14 detainees. The court eventually dispatched its bailiff to carry out the releases, and these occurred at night.
This is the story of blind brick kiln worker who is under heavy debt.
Barkat Masih has seven children five daughter and two sons.He is blind and making bricks with his family.He is under heavy debt Rs.2,75,000/-(Nearly US$ 3500).His daily income is not more than Rs.300 (US$3.5).
Barkat told that he never bought new clothes ,shoes etc for his children,he does not know how to celebrate Christmas because he is not out of economic pressure and work pressure.
He told that even he and his family did not attend Sunday services.
In Punjab at least two millions Christians are working on Brick kilns and they also tell same stories.There are many cases from which we learn that many Christians are leaving Christianity and accepting Islam ,just due to inhuman behavior of Brick kilns.
It is the time that we have to support them and we have to stand with them because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Pastor Mushtaq Gill urges you all to stand with LEAD and try to make them free human being so that they can profess their faith freely,proudly,and openly.