On the tenth anniversary of the gas leak tragedy, the relatives of the victims of the gas leak who died went inside the building of Union Carbide Company and erected headstones in their memories. At the same time, a lot of protests took place on the other side of Bhopal city, on the occasion.
Women's Association of Bhopal Gas Victims convener Abdul Jabbar Khan on Saturday said that the organization will hold a demonstration in Delhi on July 28th to protest the delay in the government issuing interim relief to the victims.
CBI [Central Bureau of Investigation] had agreed to give information to the court in one month in the case of extradition of Warren Anderson. But it was delayed and CBI has accepted their fault. This information was given to the Court of Alok Jha, Chief Judicial Magistrate, by Special Attorney US Prasad on Wednesday.
Be it financial or social rehabilitation of gas victims, the Government has proved to be extremely unsuccessful and incompetent. The hiatus that has been happening between New Delhi and Bhopal in the last 10 years has unfairly benefitted Union Carbide Corporation and the "action plan" that was made to mitigate the loss of lives and money, has suffered because of it.
Discusses events and protests on the eighth anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, including joint religious services in commemoration of the event. One-and-a-half dozen effigies of Warren Anderson were burned in front of the Union Carbide factory. Members of more than a dozen NGOs gathered in remembrance. Chief speaker, Medha Patkar, leader of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, accused the Central Government of allowing multinational companies to infringe on the lives of citizens. Also, the Congress Party was burned in effigy in front of the Union Carbide factory while nearby Hindus read the Ramayan and Muslim, the Quran.
Due to new guidelines by the Office of Welfare Association that put the burden of proof on the victims to prove that they were affected by the methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas leaked, nearly 1.5 lakh victims's cases are at the danger of never being solved.
To date, in around one lakh and four thousand matters, nearly 227 crore rupees have been distributed by 36 courts working on the matters of compensation. But Abdul Jabbar from Women's Association of Gas Victims has said that the way the matter is being handled in a black mark on the legal history of the country and is the second biggest tragedy of the decade.
Whenever multinational corporations enter into a court battle, all they aim for is financial gain or business gain. For them human lives mean nothing. Taking Union Carbide's example, nearly ten more companies have started a struggle to gain financially and business-wise after being held accountable for negligence. Even though the Governement is responsible for the welfare of its citizens, in the face of such a situation, even the biggest governements fail to hold such giant companies liable.
The Supreme Court of India has denied any relaxation to Carbide to sell its shares in the international market. The shares of this multinational corporation were seized by the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal.