Monday, June 7, 2010

Bhopal Gas tragedy

Amnesty International was all right when it said the verdict on the Bhopal gas tragedy is “too little, too late“.

“These are historic convictions, but it is too little, too late. Twenty-five years is an unacceptable length of time for the survivors of the disaster and the families of the dead to have waited for a criminal trial to reach a conclusion,” was the first reactions.

Twenty-five years after the worst industrial disaster in world history which claimed over 15,000 lives, a Bhopal court convicted eight people including former Union Carbide India chairman Keshub Mahindra in the Bhopal Gas tragedy case.

The Indian and U.S. governments should take the next step by bringing the U.S.-based Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) to justice. UCC and its former chairman Warren Anderson, who is absconding since the tragedy, were charged in 1987 but both refused to face trial.

People who feel that the victims (of Bhopal gas tragedy) should have got justice earlier are right. It is a serious question. The system should be such that there is no delay in providing justice in such tragedies.

While the Indian employees have now been tried and convicted, the foreign accused has been able to evade justice simply by remaining abroad. This is totally unacceptable.