The Supreme Court of India today denied the apeal to stop hearing against Carbide in Bhopal Union District Court. The reason given to stop the hearing was that because of the case the foreigners have been refusing to buy the shares of Carbide and due to this Carbide cannot raise money that could otherwise be used for building hospitals for the victims of this case.
Due to the leak of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas, the victims have suffered immensely both economocally and socially. The biggest tragedy after this tragedy itself is that are now being used as political currency. Every elections sees the politicians lining up promising to uplift the conditons of the victims and after every election all of these politicians fail to keep their promises.
Since even after ten years neither the scientists who have conducted several experiments to do away with the dangerous biological outcome have found any tangible solutions and neither have the Government of India and the United States based Carbide Corporation, it is safe to conclude that the victims of the gas tragedy would have to suffer for the entirety of their lives.
On the topic of blood gas analysis and pulmonary function on the bodies of victims, Indian Forensic Association has concluded and accepted that there was presence of methyl isocynate along with 12 other poisonous elements.
Mr. Agnivesh said that if the speed of examining people remains the same (only 12,000 people in 21 months), it would take 80 years to reach a decision in this matter. Effigies were burnt in front of Lily Talkies and Union Carbide to protest the speed of examination of people.
On the occassion of the tenth anniversary of the world's worst industrial tragedy, the relatives of the people killed because of the leak forcefully entered the building of Union Carbide or the "killer company" and erected headstones of the dead victims.
Nearly 6 lakh cases of compensation will have been solved today.This milestone couldn't have been possible without the hard work of Madhya Pradesh's High Court Justice A.G Quraishi and his 58 other supporters.
Mr. M.A. Bebi, a member of Rajyasabha and Marxist Party today demanded that the process of distributing compensation to gas tragedy victims should be fast tracked. He said that the fact that it took 20 months to compensate 8000 victims is shameful.
Women's Association of Victims of Gas Leak Tragedy have stated that interim compensation for at least 2 lakh victims have been stopped by the Government of India. They also said that this is contempt of court.
Today is the tenth anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy. All committees, people and various state governments are celebrating the event in their own ways. After the celebrations are over, everyone will get back to their schedules but no one will ever recognize or do anything about the fact that even after ten years, the victims have not gotten medical care and treatment.
Arjun Singh, Minister of Development, has said that efforts to re-home victims of the gas leak tragedy should continue. He said this at the occassion of inaugration of 476 new homes for the victims of the gas leak tragedy.
This article discusses the Gas Kalyan Ayog, an organization constituted by the central government on behalf of the Bhopal gas victims, which has set the goal to dispose of all 600,000 cases of compensation by December 1996. Through various methods, according to Justice A. G. Qureshi, it is hoped that the Ayog will acheive the goal even by December 1995.
In the case of the Bhopal gas leak tragedy, the Supreme Court of India has ordered that hospitals with 500 beds should be made for the victims. This order was passed three years ago but because of conflict between the Government of India and Bhopal Hospital Trust, the Supreme Court had to intervene again.
Women's Association of Victims of Gas Leak Tragedy have said that the court has mistakenly given compensation to people who have committed suicide or were killed in road accidents. Hence, they will be protesting against this.
There is a lack of evidence for more than half of the claims made by the victims. Welfare representative of the victims A.G. Qureshi says that this is why the court is being soft on the question of remuneration to the victims, and hence, more than half of the victims have not been remunerated.