An awareness programme to highlight the evils of the bonded labour system was held here on Wednesday.
Introducing the theme of the event, M.A. Britto, director, Vaan Muhil, one of the two NGOs that organised the programme, said poor rural girls were being lured by agents of spinning mills situated in western Tamil Nadu.
These girls were harassed physically and mentally at the workplace even as most of them were denied the amount of money promised at the time of joining work, he added.
Similarly, bonded labour system was prevalent in rice mills, brick kilns, stone quarries, textile, beedi rolling, mining and construction industries.
“If the public come to know of any bonded labourers, they should either inform the District Collector or the Revenue Divisional Officer concerned so that they can be rescued,” he said.
“The campaign against bonded labour system should be intensified, especially among the student community, who can play a vital role in spreading this message,” Mr.Britto noted.
Faculty member of the Department of Sociology, St. Xavier’s College, Professor Sahayaraj, Prof. Samuel Asir Raj of Department of Sociology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Kasi Viswaanthan of the AITUC and others spoke.