On the 37th anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster, leaders of four survivor organizations in Bhopal condemned The Dow Chemical Company, USA, for its systematic discrimination against gas disaster survivors and victims of contamination of groundwater.
The organizations have presented facts to counter allegations of non-discrimination by Dow CEO Jim Fitterling by serving on the advisory board of an LGBT + organization. They also published a letter from senior LGBT + activist Peter Tatchell asking Jim Fitterling to take on Bhopal’s legal responsibilities.
Sanjana Singh, an LGBT + survivor of the Bhopal disaster, said: âTackling discrimination against LGBT + people teaches us to tackle all forms of discrimination in society. It is a mistake for Fitterling, who turned out to be gay in 2014, to claim inclusiveness while running a company that strongly discriminates against Bhopal survivors.
“Chlorpyrifos, a Premium Product from Dow Chemical, Banned in the United States for Causing Possible Neurological Damage, Reduced IQ, Loss of Working Memory, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Birth Defects . However, in India, Corteva, a company closely related to Dow Chemical, sells chlorpyriphos under the trade name Dursban without mentioning its health risks or regulatory ban in the United States. Said Rashida Bee, President of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh
According to Shahzadi Bee of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, âIn 2014, Dow donated water filtration systems and over US $ 100,000 in aid to Flint, Michigan, in response to the source contamination. drinking water from the city. However, in Bhopal, mercury and carcinogenic chemicals have been found in the breast milk of nursing mothers living in areas affected by groundwater contamination due to hazardous waste from the Union Carbide plant and Dow refuses to clean up its toxic waste.
According to Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Information and Action Group, in the United States, Dow undoubtedly submits to government agencies and the courts. In 2005, a Dow joint venture pleaded guilty and paid a criminal fine of $ 84 million for participating in an international conspiracy to fix the prices of synthetic rubber in violation of Sherman Law.