Watch full video: Bhopal Gas Tragedy: 10 women start fast seeking additional compensation for victims

Watch full video: Bhopal Gas Tragedy: 10 women start fast seeking additional compensation for victims

Bhopal, Dec. 30 (PTI) Ten ladies who survived the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster started an indefinite fast in Neelam Park on Friday in order to raise more money for the victims.

Several lakh persons were exposed to methyl isocynate from a Union Carbide pesticide factory during the intervening night of December 2–3, 1984, resulting in several thousand fatalities.

It is largely regarded as the biggest industrial disaster in history, and organizations advocating for victims have long maintained that the compensation provided to them was insufficient.

Speaking at a press conference, representatives of five organizations that these ten women are a part of asserted that if the Union and MP governments do not change the fatality and injury figures in the curative petition for additional compensation from Union Carbide and its current owner Dow Chemical, which will be heard in the Supreme Court soon, victims and their relatives will not receive relief.

The 10 women who began a fast during which they would not even drink water are from underprivileged Hindu and Muslim homes. They continue to have ailments brought on by the gas leak, just like many others. They were only granted Rs 25,000 as damage compensation, however, like 93% of the affected populace, according to Rashida Bee, head of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh.

She claimed that although the government is claiming that only 5,295 people died as a result of the gas leak, thousands more continue to pass away from illnesses brought on by it, and the true death toll may be closer to 25,000.

A company related to the factory where the gas leaked, according to Balkrishna Namdeo, president of Bhopal Gas Peedit Pensionbhogee Sangharsh Morcha, allegedly donated money to the ruling party.

Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information & Action commented on the “waterless fast” by the women survivors and said the “satyagraha” was intended to make sure the SC, which will hear the curative petition on January 10, is aware of the “true magnitude of the damage wrought by the American corporations.”

She further asserted that the state administration, which she claimed was misrepresenting the courts over the disaster and its repercussions, was using the police to intimidate people who were calling for more compensation, including her organization.

In order to help Dow Chemical avoid culpability, according to Nawab Khan of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, the government allegedly told the top court that 90% of people who were exposed to the gas suffered only temporary injuries.

“The government made the decision to withhold hospital records and research data that demonstrate individuals exposed actually experienced chronic illnesses and lasting disabilities. According to official records, 95% of individuals who were exposed to gas and developed cancer and 97% of those who developed deadly kidney ailments were classified as temporarily damaged, claimed Khan.

The principal secretary of the Department of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation in the state government and the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, who is in charge of matters related to the Bhopal gas tragedy, “promised to help us but both will not let us know the true figures of the dead and injured,” according to Nousheen Khan of Children Against Dow Carbide.

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