Dharna 2010

Currently, hundreds of Bhopali activists are braving the monsoon season in Delhi to demand compensation, medical care, legal action, and site remediation. Hundreds more are expected to join the dharna (sit-in) until their demands are met. We'll be posting the latest news on their progress here.

Day 3

  • Posted on: 30 July 2010
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Dharna Blog

Day 3: 28-07-2010

Chotu, whom you would remember from our six month long stay at Jantar Mantar two years ago, greeted us with hot tea at the dharna sthal where we start our protest early morning every day and pack up in the late evening. So instead of marching 800km for a month and a half, we now march some four kilometers every day between St’ Columbus school, our shelter home for the night, and Jantar Mantar. This day time protest isn’t our idea but Delhi Government’s in light of upcoming Common wealth games. If four months in advance of the Games the movement on the streets is so severely curtailed, one can easily make out what will happen in October. Possibly, in light of law and order situation, Delhi Government might come up with ‘Stay at Home at all times and enjoy the games from your idiot box’ orders. Anyways, we filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court opposing the Delhi Government ruling that prohibits all over night stays at Jantar Mantar. The matter came for hearing today and was argued for us by Adv. Prashant Bhushan. The decision is expected on Monday, 1st August.

Dharna Demands

Demands of July 2010 Dharna in Delhi

1.  Compensation
1a. Provide equal compensation to all officially acknowledged claimants.
1b. Review death claims for which compensation was wrongfully denied and include exposure related deaths after 1997.
1c. Demand adequate compensation from Union Carbide Corporation, USA by filing Curative Petition against the settlement orders of 1989 and 1991.

PR: Bhopalis launch indefinite agitation in Delhi

Bhopalis launch indefinite agitation in Delhi 

Press Statement - July 26

Contacts: U.S. - Shana Ortman - 415-746-0306
India - Rachna Dhingra - 9826167369

More than 150 Bhopal survivors and people from water-affected areas began an indefinite dharna in Jantar Mantar that will last through the parliamentary session. The agitation intends to pressure the Central Government to revisit its recent decisions on issues of compensation, health care and rehabilitation, legal action against Union Carbide and Dow Chemical, and hazardous waste clean-up. Simultaneously, a Bhopal survivor has filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court asking the court to strike down the Delhi Police's arbitrary order prohibiting overnight stay at Jantar Mantar. “The Police order violates our fundamental right to express ourselves,” the five organisations coordinating the dharna said.