32 years on, Bhopal Gas victims awaits Justice


Delhi, 3 Dec: On the 32nd  anniversary of Bhopal gas Tragedy, Many of 5.5 lakh victims of the world’s worst industrial tragedy still in search of Justice.

32 years have been passed to the Bhopal Gas tragedy but the state government has still not issued health cards and full medical histories, despite Supreme Court orders.

All they received fully is the sympathy from all around the country in the 32 years.

In the night of 2 December in 1984, 40 tonnes of toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas  accidentally released from the Union Carbide plant.  in the city killing thousands and causing grievous health damage to thousands more.

Many people became a victim of the tragedy, debilitated with weak lungs, eye problems, and a host of other gastrointestinal, neurological, genetic and psychiatric issues.

Realising the pain, the central government has sought more compensation for the survivors just for temporary disabilities. But all their hopes are dependent on the a series of court cases.

In 1998, survivors’ organisations knocked the Supreme Court for better healthcare to those suffering. In 2012, the court directed the state and central governments to computerize all patient histories, issue health cards, standardize protocols of treatment and restart research on the condition of patients.

Four years have been passed to the order but there’s not much progress, expressed N D Jayaprakash, who has been fighting for the victims’ rights.

“Even 32 years after the disaster, most of the gas-victims seeking treatment continue to be classed as suffering from temporary injury to deny them compensation for permanent injury,” Jayaprakash said.

Supreme Court fixed the compensation for tragedy at a meagre Rs 705 cr in 1989.

People soon launched protests all around to fight for the victims and survivors which forced the government to file a curative petition in 2010 seeking enhancement of the compensation amount to Rs 7,728 cr.

The primary reason of the petition was that the earlier deal had underestimated the number of victims.

As it turned out, more than 20,000 persons lost lives due to direct consequences of the killer gas and another 5.5 lakh are suffering.

Surprisingly, not a single hearing took place on the curative petition in six years. The central government doesn’t seem interested and the court has been giving continuations.

The criminal case against the Union carbide (taken over by Dow Chemical in 2001) and their Indian partners in underway.

Wefornews Bureau

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