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Whose Life Is It Anyway?

The callous manner in which we treat waste, even radioactive, is criminal.

The most galling aspect about the recent disposal of radioactive waste by the Delhi University to scrap dealers, which led to the death of one person and serious injuries to nine others, is the utter callousness of senior professors and university administrators throughout the entire episode. There are other areas of concern, namely, the lack of any institutional safeguards, the weak disaster information and management systems in our cities and habitations and the lack of regulation in our waste disposal and recycling systems. These raise a number of questions about the way our institutions function and perhaps also gives us some idea about what reforms need to be urgently carried out.

From reports in the media, it appears that Delhi University sold its gamma radiator, lying unused and forgotten since 1985, in a very casual manner along with other furniture and lab equipment. It is astounding that senior science faculty of the university, who supervised this sale, did not recognise the danger in disposing radioactive equipment in such a cavalier manner. If there could be anything worse, it was their deliberate silence even after news broke of radioactive material having been found in the Mayapuri scrap market along with reports of workers falling seriously ill due to exposure. One of them died, subsequently, due to this radioactive exposure.

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