BHOPAL: Over 25,000 people lost their lives 35 years ago when the world's worst industrial disaster struck the city of Bhopal in India. As the Bhopal Gas Tragedy completes its 35 years on 3rd December 2019, India mourns for all those innocent ones who suffered and are still suffering due to the toxic leak of methyl isocyanate from the plant of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL).
It has been more than three decades since the tragic accident and the generations are still suffering. While more than five lakh people were affected at that time, children being born are still affected by some physical and mental deformities.
However, what's sadder is that the survivors still struggle to avail of proper medical care. The leaders of four survivors' organizations condemned how the Government has been constantly neglecting the social, economic and medical status of the survivors.
The President of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh, Rashida Bee, said, "The long and painful sickness and recent death of Abdul Jabbar, leader of a survivors’ organization, exemplifies what almost every patient visiting the state and centre-run hospitals goes through. Till today there is no evidence that the governments at the state and the Centre have learnt any lessons from Jabbarbhai’s suffering and untimely death."
Abdul Jabbar was the person who fought wholeheartedly for the medical aid of the survivors of the incident. However, he died recently and even during his last days, Jabbar made several rounds to hospitals to ensure proper caring.
The action from the side of the Government is still awaited. On it's 35th anniversary that is marked on Tuesday, people will perform several protests and events.
Twitteratis pay homage to the victims and expressed their grief:
This tragedy took place in the Union Carbide pesticide plant in the populous city of Bhopal on the intervening night of Dec 2-3, 1984. 40 tons of deadly Methyl Iso-Cyanate (MIC) leaked due to a faulty valve exposing almost a million people to the toxic gases.#BhopalGasTragedy pic.twitter.com/EEM5gvQUTL— आनंद कुमार पटेल(JNU)💯%follow back (@Realanand786) December 3, 2019
35 years for the #BhopalGasTragedy ! Thousands of lives were lost..Lakhs were disabled..Its toxic effects are still born by the present generations..I pay my Homage to the victims.. pic.twitter.com/GhxQz2oJpi— Arvind Dharmapuri (@Arvindharmapuri) December 3, 2019