The Tirupur People's Forum for Protection of Labour Rights, a network of various civil society organisations, has appealed to the Collector to expedite legal action against owner of the spinning mill at Kunnathur from where nine young girls fled after allegedly facing torture recently.

Delay

The appeal had come following delays from the part of authorities concerned in initiating stringent action against the company and the agent who brought the girls to the company under various sections of Indian Penal Code.

The incident took place almost a week ago when the nine girls, including four child workers, had scaled over the compound wall to escape from the premises only to be rescued and handed over to the police by public in the locality.

A. Aloysious, convener of the Forum, told The Hindu that the owner as well as the hostel warden of the company and the child trafficker (i.e. agent) should be booked for human rights violations instead of confining the case under Child Labour Act, if such incidents should not repeat in the district.

R. Ramesh, coordinator of the Forum, said that the statements given by the children to the officials concerned reveal that they were subjected to physical and mental tortures and hence, confining the case under Child Labour Act alone would enable the culprits to escape by paying minimal fines.

The Forum had put forward a list of suggestions to the district administration to eradicate child labour and ensure that women workers were given adequate protection on the premises of industrial units.