Bhopal gas tragedy: Will the suffering ever end?

December 3, 2014 8:00 AM

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Bhopal gas tragedy: Will the suffering ever end?

Dressed in a green shirt and blue pants, 11-year-old Sana sits in the corner of the dormitory where close to a 100 victims of Bhopal Gas tragedy have assembled in Mumbai. Every year, they march to Mumbai and put up an aggressive protest outside Union Carbide offices in the city. Sana’s mother Sakina bibi (30) says that her daughter is barely able to talk. She lost her voice five years ago after a cancer surgery. Sakina shifted to a colony less than a kilometre from the Union Carbide fertiliser factory premises, 12 years ago. The shanties depend on ground water for their daily requirements. Sakina had no option, but to make Sana drink that water — heavy with mercury and other poisonous chemicals. Doctors told Sakina that the water had caused a tumour in Sana’s throat that led to the loss of her voice.

It has been 30 years since the toxic methyl isocyanate gas leaked from the Union Carbide factory, a subsidiary of US-based Dow Chemicals. Warren Anderson, the late CEO of Union Carbide died earlier this year in Florida at a ripe old age of 94 after having lived a lavish life. On the other hand, thre...

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