• Petitioned Mrs. Sonia Gandhi

This petition was delivered to:

Chairperson, UPA
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi
Prime Minister of India
Mr. Manmohan Singh

Petition to demand that Government of India rectify its figures on Bhopal Gas disaster related deaths and injuries

    1. Petition by

      Somu Kumar

      Ashburn, VA

Dear Mr. Manmohan Singh,

We were shocked to learn of the decision of the Group of Ministers on the Bhopal gas disaster made at the group’s 13th January 2012 meeting.  In that decision, the group refused to correct the alleged facts regarding the number of injuries and deaths caused by the disaster. Those alleged facts are set forth in the curative petition filed by the Central Government in the Supreme Court of India. However, those alleged facts as currently set forth in the petition are wrong and without any basis.

Specifically, the curative petition filed by the Central Government alleges that there were 5,295 deaths caused by the disaster. However, that number is merely one fourth of the actual number of deaths as reported by the reputable Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its epidemiological report published in 2004. Likewise, the curative petition alleges that there were only 42 injuries of utmost severity, which is a ridiculously low number. As per the ICMR report, this number is well above 33,000. Similarly, the Madhya Pradesh government has acknowledged 15,342 deaths and 521,000 victims suffering from permanent injury as a result of the disaster. Moreover, the Madhya Pradesh Government is willing to revise upwards its figures of deaths and injuries caused by the disaster.

In view of its severe underreporting of injuries and deaths, the curative petition in its current form would only serve to misinform the Supreme Court regarding the extent of damage caused by Union Carbide and Dow Chemical in connection with the disaster. The curative petition in its current form thus would be an obstruction to the delivery of justice to the Bhopal victims.

We demand that the Central Government rectify its figures on disaster-related deaths and injuries in its petition filed in the Supreme Court of India so that rightful compensation from Union Carbide and Dow Chemical Company can be ensured. 

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    • Katia Freudenthal SANTOS, BRAZIL
      • about 2 years ago

      i've just seen a documentary about the disaster on HBO ( "Bhopali"), and think it's absurd that up to now no justice was done, so decided to help any way I can

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    • Ximena Morales BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
      • about 2 years ago

      We all need to say no against unjustice, we to have to fight for the Human Rights, so my heart and my voice are for the people of Bhopal

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    • Suraj Sanap MUMBAI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Human Rights can never be compromised in favour of creating a friendly investment relations with foreign countries. People over profits!

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    • Barbara Neumann MANNHEIM, GERMANY
      • about 2 years ago

      Those who survived need justice and compensation!

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    • Vanessa Guse QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I feel the sickest have ever felt after just finishing the book written about this monstrous diasaster. I had never heard about this until I obtained the book 2 weeks ago. Was it not enough to make the news 27 years ago? Oh I think not, it was quietly swept away just as the american government and corporations like it to be. I am enraged! Anything I can do to help I am willing, this includes leaving my home and volunteering my services to anybody that is of need. May justice prevail and the bastards responsible burn in hell. Hopefully the fatal gas that killed and maimed thousands and is still continuing to do so, is down there waiting for them to breathe in. Let the healing continue!!

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