New Delhi: This December will mark the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster. On 10th November survivors of the disaster will be coming down to Delhi and 5 of them will sit on an indefinite water-less fast at Jantar Mantar on the issue of compensation. They are demanding additional compensation for all survivors of the disaster and correction of figures of death and extent of injury in the curative petition filed in the Supreme Court. More than half a million gas victims have been denied compensation on an arbitary decision taken by Group of Minister on Bhopal in 2010. According to activists and various committees working for the welfare of the survivors, there is no scientific and legal basis to deny additional compensation to 93% of the victims.
The survivors say that they expect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show the same keenness in getting adequate compensation to them, as keen he is to welcome American corporations to the country. They say that Bhopal is a good test for him.
For those who will be fasting that day, it will not be an easy task.
“We don’t think it is possible to continue the fast for more than 5 days without doing some serious damage to the fasters health and we are hoping the drastic nature of this action will pressure the PM to do something on this issue.”
For more information and to take part in the sit-in, you can contact:
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha
Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra,
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
Children Against Dow Carbide
You can also sign the petition here: Revise figures of death & extent of injuries and move urgent hearing in the Supreme Court for the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal.