LONDON, Nov 16: - Cotton manufacturers in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu are using forced child labour for long hours in dangerous conditions in their factories, a British daily alleged, a charge rubbished by a major textile body in the state as totally wrong.
An investigation by 'The Times' claimed that children as young as 11 years are being paid as little as 6 pounds a month to produce the raw materials used to make garments for sale in Britain.
Buyers of finished garments from southern Indian factories include several big names on the British high streets.
The British daily alleged that children are sold to cotton spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, "locked in for weeks on end and forced to work relentless hours for pitiful wages in dangerous conditions."
Marijn Peepercamp, of the India Committee of the Netherlands which had published a report on the abuses recently called 'Flawed Fabrics', said the vast majority of buyers "do not engage in monitoring and corrective actions at the level of the spinning mills".
"Consumers should ask where their clothes are made, but it's also up to governments like the UK to hold brands accountable," she said. ?PTI