Another year passed by and nothing changed for the victims of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, considered as one of the biggest industrial disasters in the world and yet people are still suffering from that loss.
Well if you are unaware of what actually was Bhopal gas Tragedy, let’s go back in time and try to imagine what actually happened that night. you are a kid, struggling to sleep, all you are dreaming is to not get up early the next day for school. But all of sudden you feel like you are not able to breathe, you are suffocating! you are trying to get up from the bed but you are not able to do so. you are calling your mom but she is nowhere. somehow you managed to get up and you peeked through the curtains, all you can see is people suffocating and falling unconscious, piles of people, blood around. Horrifying? Isn’t it? That was the reality for many people that night.
Bhopal gas tragedy was nothing but the result of the carelessness while handling a toxic gas kept in the Union Carbide Factory, a US-based pesticide company.It’s been 34 years since the “accident” and the city still cry foul.
It all occurred at the intervening night of December 2nd and 3rd when the whole city was poisoned by Toxic Methyl Isocyanate gas.The leak caused colossal loss of life and even now the toxics waste of the factory is not disposed off, polluting the water and the soil.Some reports say that the death toll was around 2,259, while the government of Madhya Pradesh said the loss was of 3,787 people at that time which later on increased to 15,000. But was this the only loss that the people faced? Is that misery over?
No. Even now no proper justice has been served. Warren Anderson the CEO of the Union Carbide India Limited(UCIL) at that time was never punished for what happened that night.Our Indian law imposed fine of $2,000 and imprisonment of 2 years, the maximum punishment allowed on few employees. Was that sufficient justice to the victims?The condition is still the same for those people. every year people march to the memorial statue in front of UCIL to pay homage to the people who died in the incident which has become a ritual. But the question remains same, when are things going to better for those who are still suffering from the ailments from toxic leak.
Even the third generation after the incident is born with disablements, women are not able to conceive, people lost their hearing ability, some has not seen anything after that accident.The government compensated them? Right? But can that money bring back life to the people they lose? Was that money enough for the treatment of those injured? I think we all know the answer to these questions. People are still not given proper rehabilitation and medical facilities. Is this something that our government can’t give to them?
We have enough money to build statues in the name of tourism, but not enough for providing medical facilities to those who needed it. Nothing can take away the pain from those who lost their family or are forced to live a miserable and painful life. But a little help from our side can always help.