A seminar on Bonded Labour & Debt Bondage was conducted on 7th March 2015 at MSSW. Organised by the Social Work Forum of the MSW Aided Department, the seminar was inaugurated by Justice G M Akbar Ali (Retd). Ms. Esther Mariaselvam, Regional Manager, Actionaid presented the findings of a study on Debt Bondage in the Powerloom industry in Erode and Namakkal. A book on the Sumangali Scheme that enslaved young girls was released on the occasion. Ms. Selva Gomathy, Dy. Director, SOCO Trust spoke about the book. Dr. S. Raja Samuel, Head. dept. of Social Work welcomed the gathering and Prof. Shakeela Basheer proposed the vote of thanks.
In the panel discussion that followed, Mr. Kuralamuthan, Director of Research and Partnerships, IJM, Mr. Kathir, EVIDENCE, Mr. Sakkian, Dalit Activist and Ms. Kari Siddamma, Barathi Trust shared their experinces on the issue and challenged the participants to get involved, show solidarity and take action. This was followed by Street Play and poster competitions on the theme.