Teen dies in mill; industry to start counselling
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.