On a sunny afternoon in early May, a cold print company in Kolkata sits at a corner of the city, selling the prints for just Rs 5.50 per kilo.
The workers are the first to arrive in the morning and work from 8 am till 5 pm.
They are there because the factory is only open at night and only for those who are able to walk to the factory.
The workers say the factory, which is located in the basement of a building at the southern end of the main road, is a haven for those with disabilities and low-income groups.
The facility, located at the intersection of two roads, is the only one of its kind in the country, said one of the workers, a 35-year-old woman who declined to give her name.
“I have two sons who can’t walk.
We can’t get the money from our employers, so we go to the cold print factory.
There, we work for a minimum of 18 hours a day and have our pay withheld,” she said.
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