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READ aims at building the textile workers community to respond to the human rights violation especially the labour rights violations that occur as the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the lockdown laid for the Covid-19 pandemic, the labour market of the textile industries had drastically affected in economic fall and has highly vulnerable to the labour rights violations like forced labour, child labour, labour trafficking, low wages, no social security, and job security.

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In Tamil Nadu, the textile industry has the distinction of possessing the largest labor-intensive workforce after agriculture. This is due to the large number of medium and small manufacturing units located in 18 districts of Tamil Nadu.

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The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya scheme was introduced by the Government of India in August 2004, then integrated in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan program, to provide educational facilities for girls belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, minority communities and families below the poverty line in Educationally Backward Blocks.

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We visualized that a strong movement of economic stability would help these community for their sustainable development. The women’s self help groups was initiated in the year 2006 with the intention to uplift the economic level of the Most Marginalized community through this their standard of living would be improved. Through READ’s continuous efforts, the

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Manual scavenging is the practice of cleaning human excreta from dry latrines. This practice is illegal according to the Manual Scavengers and the Construction of Dry Latrines Prohibition Act which was passed in the year 1993. But many areas in India still practice manual scavenging and the provision of dry latrines. It is well known that all manual scavengers are Dalits.

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In Indian Society, parents are happy when their girl child is married at the right age. This prejudices is much more strong in rural communities. This has been misused by rich spinning mill owners to employ and exploit the young Dalit girls in the name of marriage scheme called ‘Sumangali Thittam’.

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Our children live under many abnormal conditions in the family, society and schools which leave the child as a poorly socialized person or excluded from the society.

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Most Marginalized Communities children are often brought up by grandparents or other relatives while their parents migrate to the city for work. The families usually stop the children from school and put send them to work. Many times children are even used as bonded labourers to pay off the debts of the family.

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READ is working Erode District rural area for most marginalized communities (Dalits and Tribals) Adolescent girls and women.

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READ working for Adolescent girls, youths and Women in Erode District. Erode District are developing Textile Industrial Area, there are above 500 Garment factories. There is demand for work, also workers they don’t have skills, therefore READ has garment training centre.

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