July 30, 2010
Bhopal survivors’ organisations today presented the case of Sana, an 8-year old girl from the contaminated water affected Annu Nagar, to Rajya Sabha Member, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan to highlight how the Group of Ministers’ recommendations last month do not address the unfolding health and economic disasters among victims of Carbide's toxic legacy in Bhopal. Bhopalis are on the fourth day of their indefinite dharna in Jantar Mantar.
Sana, who has had to drink contaminated groundwater for the last four years, developed a tumour in her throat a year ago. Over the months, the tumour has grown to block her wind-pipe. She now breathes through a tube that goes in to into her throat. Her family of four, including a seriously underdeveloped 2-year old brother, does not figure in the Government's schemes for free medical care because contamination affected communities are not considered by the Government to be at par with the victims of the gas disaster.