Campaign against Dow launched
Central Chronicle 13th March 2001


BHOPAL MARCH 12: Survivors' organisations on Monday launched the campaign for justice here to hold the Dow Chemical Company accountable for the Union Carbide disaster in 1984.

Talking to newsmen here, the Survivors' Organisation workers said following the merger of Union Carbide Corporation, USA and Dow the latter should accept criminal and environmental responsibilities.

Efforts were being made to ensure participation of trade unions, student organisations, women's group and human rights networks from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and other cities, they added. "Our meeting with Dow company's country director proved futile", Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Sangathan convenor, Abdul Jabbar said.

The officer felt no liability was due on part of the Dow company after the Supreme Court's verdict in 1991 and 1989 agreement, Jabbar said adding that the fight to make Dow accountable for Carbide's crimes would be part of anti-globalisation movement in the country".

In this context, he said several trade unions and human rights groups have assured their support to gas victims in their struggle.

Jabbar said that the nearly 400 metric tonnes of poisonous chemical stored in the Carbide premises were polluting ground water in the adjoining areas.

Bhopal Group for Information and Action, member, Satinath Sarangi alleged that Dow was selling its product in this country which had been banned in United States of America.