I haven’t had the opportunity to comment on Bhopal in any manner, so here I offer my quick thoughts:
More than a quarter of a century on, Indian courts deliver a verdict on the Bhopal tragedy which took over 8,000 lives within hours of a lethal gas being accidentally pumped into the air. It’s estimated that over 25,000 people have died as a result of the leak.
Only seven employees, including the Chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra who was the Chairman of Union Carbide India, have been given jail terms of a maximum of two years. They’ve been given bail and it’ll probably take years for the appeal to come to court.
I’m outraged and astonished at this verdict. If, in the context of India’s rise on the global stage versus China, people cite India’s legal system as the jewel in its crown, then I’d urge them to take a real look at this tragic situation.
There’s not much I can add to this blogpost apart from state my astonishment, disappointment and anger at the system.
What can one say apart from stating that today is a sad day for justice, a sad day for India!