Gap Inc. accused of using child labor in India

first_imgNEW DELHI – The Indian children reportedly found making clothes for Gap Inc. should be reunited with their families and compensated by the government, activists said Monday amid a spreading scandal about the use of child labor by the international clothing chain. The reported discovery of children as young as 10 sewing clothes for clothing retailer Gap Inc. in a New Delhi factory has renewed concerns about child labor in India, but government officials offered no comment Monday. “The biggest responsibility here lies with the Indian government – they don’t develop a way of monitoring” factories, said Bhuwan Ribhu, a lawyer who works with Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or the Save Childhood Movement. “International companies hire subcontractors and then forget about it. There is no monitoring at all,” Ribhu added. “Where the Gap is concerned, at least they’ve taken a good pro-active stand against the subcontractors.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Britain’s Observer newspaper on Sunday reported that it had found children making clothes with Gap labels in a squalid factory in New Delhi. It quoted the children as saying they were from poor parts of India and had been sold to the sweatshop by their impoverished families. Some said they were not paid for their work. Gap responded quickly, saying the factory was being run by a subcontractor who was hired in violation of Gap’s policies, and none of the products made there will be sold in its stores. “We appreciate that the media identified this subcontractor, and we acted swiftly in this situation,” Gap spokesman Bill Chandler told The Associated Press on Sunday. “Under no circumstances is it acceptable for children to produce or work on garments.” Child labor remains a widespread problem in India, despite the country’s economic boom and its growing wealth. The government has repeatedly tried to ban the use of child workers – in 1986 outlawing them from working in dangerous industries, such as glassmaking, and last year banning them being employed as domestic servants or in restaurants. But the prohibitions have had only a minimal impact and children’s rights activists estimate that 13 million children are still working in India, with many being used in labor-intensive businesses like carpet-weaving and in dangerous industries, such as making fire crackers. Chandler said Gap requires its suppliers to guarantee that they will not use child labor to produce garments. Gap stopped working with 23 factories last year over violations uncovered by its inspectors. The San Francisco-based company has 90 full-time inspectors who make unannounced visits around the world to ensure vendors are abiding by Gap’s guidelines, he said. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

WWE Live springs life into Delhi, cheers and jeers fill Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium

first_imgThe stage was set, the Superstars had arrived, the fans at the ready.WWE Superstars were in town and Delhi did not disappoint. Thousands from every group and age thronged the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium to catch the WWE Live show on Saturday.The India tour was slated to  be a two-day affair but the original plan was scrapped to make way for a ‘Supershow’ only on December 9.The match card was changed a fair few times, moulding itself to the storyline currently on WWE network, with the most significant being the main event.Jinder Mahal, India’s champion, had lost the WWE Championship just prior to the Survivor Series pay-per-view, in a house show in the United Kingdom. Triple H had to step in the replace Kevin Owens to headline the show.After a CLASSIC confrontation, the victorious @TripleH suggests that India is in good hands with @JinderMahal.?? #WWEDelhi WWE (@WWE) December 9, 2017But that didn’t deter the Delhi crowd to ‘pop’ at every superstar’s entrace and timely at every ‘power spot’.  Chants of “Balor Club” went around as the first match started with Finn Balor making his entry to face Bray Wyatt. The former leader of the ‘Wyatt Family’ was also greeted with much aplomb. Torches were lit as the stadium descended into darkness for his entrance..@finnbalor made his presence felt in front of a passionate #BlorClub in #India! #WWELiveIndia WWE (@WWEIndia) December 9, 2017He’s got the whole world in his hands…@WWEBrayWyatt #WWELiveIndia WWE (@WWEIndia) December 9, 2017The crowd did it’s part too. A crowd well versed with the wrestler’s ticks.The Jeet Rama and Kishan Rafter match against The Miztourage was interrupted by chants of CM Punk, a wrestler who is no longer with the company. The only Indians were the clear favourites among the seats as they proceeded to ‘boo’ the foreign wrestlers off the ring after Jeet Rama and Kishan Rafter won the match.The only female match on the card, Sasha Banks versus Alexa Bliss found the fans in the audience cheering their every move as the two went through their paces.Elias came on with his usual gimmick of songs targeted against the crowd, belittling India being his choice for the show.The crowd hurled abuses and boos rained down on as Jason Jordan made his entry amidst much fanfare.Next up was Bollywood’s own self-confessed WWE fan, Varun Dhawan who enthralled the crowd with Daniel Bryan’s famous ‘Yes!’ chants and Stone Cold’s ‘Hell Yeah’.The loudest cheer on the night was reserved for The Shield, as chants of ‘This is awesome’ went around.Their opponents Samoa Joe, Sheamus and Cesaro were well received but it was nothing as compared to the reception of The Shield. The crowd had their minds made up, they cheered for Roman Reigns throughout the match.Enzo Amore took to stage and continued where Elias had been cut off.The cruiserweight champion started by asking the crowd ‘How you doing?’ The crowd responded with cheers, but Enzo said ‘you’re supposed to say bad’. When asked why, he mocked the crowd saying ‘because you’re in India.’This enraged the crowd to no end as they hurled abuse after abuse at the Superstar. Their payback came when Enzo’s wig came off during the match as Kallisto proceeded to wear it himself and do Enzo’s trademark jig.WWE’s in-house monsters, Kane and Braun Strowman unleashed mayhem on each other, as the crowd inside the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium were treated to some tables bad chair action, with a bit of stairs thrown in for good measure.Now for the main event, it was Triple H up against the Modern Day Maharaja, Jinder Mahal.Jinder Mahal was surprised at the response and emotion that the Game received from the crowd.After a well-worked match that went a little over half an hour, Jinder Mahal was defeated by Triple H. Triple H called Jinder and praised him, saying ‘India is in good hands with The Modern Day Maharaja’.The WWE Live show in Delhi was a lot of things, boring was not one of them. The show brought in the city’s best to cheer and enjoy celebrating the suspension of disbelief.last_img read more