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How girls are being duped into 'bonded labour' in Indian textile mills

Workers forced to work over 12 hours a day, kept in closed hostels and underpaid; study suugests over 1,00,000 girls being exploited


From her two-room concrete home nestled among the lush coconut plantations of southern India, housewife Kavita has seen the region's textile industry flourish for a decade, thanks to the labour of poor, lower caste women like herself. Promising a better life, "agents" have for years visited these poor, rural parts of Tamil Nadu and taken a steady stream of girls and women to work in thousands of cotton spinning mills, part of a textile and clothing industry that is one of India's biggest employers and a major exporter. The image of ...

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First Published: Thu, August 06 2015. 07:56 IST