23 girls rescued from spinning mill in Tirupur


As many as 23 girls aged between 11 and 18 years were rescued from a spinning mill at Olapalayam village near Kangayam, in Tirupur District on Sunday.

They were rescued in an operation carried out by officials and police, led by Revenue Division Officer (RDO) of Dharapuram G. Saravanamurthy.

The RDO told The Hindu that on Saturday evening one of the girls called the RDO of Erode and complained about harassment and ill treatment meted out to girls working in the mill. “The Erode RDO shared with me the information and the number of a colleague of the caller,” he said and added that he called the girl to learn about the issue, before informing the Collector.

Tirupur District Collector G. Govindaraj formed a team comprising Deputy Director of Industrial Safety and Health Department, Kangayam Tahsildar, Assistant Inspector of Labour, District Child Protection Officer, Childline, and All Woman Police Station at Kangayam to inspect the unit and enquire into the allegations.

Their team reached the mill around 10 a.m. on Sunday and carried out the inspection for six hours. There were 540 girls working in the mill. The officials inquired with them and their living condition was also checked. “Ten girls were aged 11 to 14 years. The remaining 13 girls complained of torture and physical abuse and wanted to go home,” he said.

Mr. Saravanamurthy said that among the rescued girls, some alleged that they were beaten and others were promised part time jobs and an opportunity to study but were cheated. “Their mobile phones were also taken away from them and they could not talk with their parents who are in Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Madurai districts,” he said.

Rescued girls were taken to Mariyalaya Home for temporary shelter in Tirupur and would be produced before the District Child Welfare Committee on Monday. “Parents of the girls will be informed to take their children with them,” he said and added that they would make alternative arrangements for mainstreaming education of girls who wanted to pursue education.

The RDO said that two girls were ready to lodge a complaint with the police and further course of action would be taken against the mill management based on the complaint. “The nature of allegations raised by them would also be verified,” he added.

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