Women Widowed by the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Hold Protest

Widows of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984, protest in central India. They are demanding more compensation from the state government. Here’s more on the story.

Hundreds of women widowed by the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy took to the streets, demanding adequate pensions and enhanced compensation.

Balkrishna Namdev, Protester:  “It’s been 26 years since the gas tragedy, and in these 26 years the condition of the gas victims’ widows has deteriorated. The Madhya Pradesh state government has failed to provide adequate compensation to these women. Even the compensation decided by the Group of Ministers is very low.”

And their frustrations don’t end there.

Balkrishna Namdev, Protester:  “We also demand that all the gas victims, who used to receive about $13-thousand compensation, should now get another $6,800.” Continue reading