Press Statement 13-Aug-2011
On the occasion of the Rakhi festival 100 women survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide Disaster in Bhopal sought protecting of their legal rights to adequate compensation from the Chief Minister of the State.
Tying a redesigned traditional “Rakhi” on the Chief Minister’s wrist the women asked their “Brother” to ensure that correct figures of death and injury caused by the disaster are presented by the State Government in the curative petition pending in the Supreme Court.
The women pointed out that over 90% of the survivors had wrongly been categorised as “temporarily injured” because of faulty injury assessment system followed by the State Government.
The organization leading the ‘Rakhi Action’ said that projections based on epidemiological studies carried out by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) show that atleast 23000 people have died due to the toxic gas exposure so fare. They pointed out that for the protection of the legal rights of the victims of the disaster, the Chief Minister’s intervention is required to upwardly revise the figure of 5295 deaths as is currently the case.
The survivors said that the decision of the Group of Ministers to offer ex gratia amounts to less than 8% of the survivors was an injustice heaped on the victims by the Group of Ministers and the state government is partially responsible for this as it is represented in the Group of Ministers on Bhopal.
Rashida Bi: Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh 94256 88215
Nawab Khan: Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, 9302792493
Balkrishna Namdeo: Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha, 9826345423
Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra:Bhopal Group for Information and Action, 9826167369
Safreen Khan: Children Against Dow Carbide, 9303831487