Global Politics

Working in India's Textile Mills and the Sumangali Scheme

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Chitradavi (Photo: Michael May)

Indian textile mills increasingly rely on young women and girls for labor.

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Many of the young female workers sign contracts known as the Sumangali scheme.

The mills withhold part of their paychecks and then give them a lump sum for a dowry four years later.

But if the workers leave before the four years are up, they lose all of the money. Michael May has the story.