Teen dies in mill; in­dus­try to start coun­selling

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In an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent a teenage girl died at Raa­jco Spin­ners Pri­vate Ltd., a cot­ton tex­tile mill in Dindigul (Tamil Nadu). The tex­tile com­pany has been op­er­a­tional for over 25 years and em­ploys 600 peo­ple who work con­tin­u­ously in three shifts. The girl named Nir­mala Selvi, 17, had been work­ing in the spin­ning depart­ment of the mill for over six months. A state­ment re­leased by Tamil Nadu Tex­tile and Com­mon Labour Union (TTCU), claims that she came back to her room after a night shift and was rest­ing the next day, but when her sis­ter tried con­tact­ing her, she was un­trace­able. As per TTCU, Nir­mala’s sis­ter was not al­lowed to en­ter her room when she vis­ited and was in­stead asked to go to a Govern­ment Hospi­tal, in Karur, where she found that her sis­ter had died. Nir­mala’s par­ents have claimed that there were scratches and wounds all over her body. The mill man­age­ment has re­jected all the al­le­ga­tions made by the de­ceased worker’s fam­ily mem­bers. On the con­trary, Raa­jco Spin­ners claim that the young girl hung her­self. How­ever, her fam­ily has coun­tered the claim, say­ing that Nir­mala was very happy and there was no ap­par­ent rea­son for her to com­mit sui­cide. Nir­mala’s par­ents have put cer­tain de­mands in front of the District Man­ager, which in­cludes a strict in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the pres­ence of a DSP over the claims made by the mill as she was just 17 years old. They fur­ther de­manded that the District Child Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer should also be present at the time of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The fam­ily also de­manded Rs. 1,00,000 in com­pen­sa­tion from the tex­tile mill.

Ap­parel On­line is in pos­ses­sion of a copy of the FIR lodged in the above men­tioned case.

There have been 8 such deaths within the last three months in var­i­ous tex­tile com­pa­nies in Dindigul, so now Dindigul ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­cided to start ‘sen­si­ti­sa­tion work­shops’ to im­prove work­ing con­di­tions in about 200 spin­ning mills. Th­ese work­shops will help to em­power girls to re­port harass­ment, help them to man­age work pres­sure and sup­port their will to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion, along with their job.

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