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Health of Bhopal Gas Victims

The Medico Friend Circle (MFC) wholeheartedly welcomes the recent Supreme Court judgment in the petition filed by the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS), the Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA) and the Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti (BGPSSS). The petition sought appropriate remedy to the inadequate health infrastructure, the poor quality of healthcare services that were being provided to the Bhopal gas victims, and the complete absence of a health-monitoring system in place to monitor the health status of the gas-exposed population. It had also sought issuance of necessary directions to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to restart Bhopal disaster-related medical research, which the ICMR had abandoned way back in 1994 and had remained indifferent to all appeals to reconsider the indefensible decision. The urgency of remediating the contaminated soil and groundwater in and around the Union Carbide plant at Bhopal, which was polluted during operation of the plant prior to the disaster, was yet another issue that was brought to the attention of the Court.

Taking cognisance of all these complaints, the Court has passed a comprehensive judgment with clear directions to the Government of India, the Government of Madhya Pradesh, and the ICMR to comply with a variety of tasks. The most notable directions of the Court that have far-reaching implications are summarised as follows:

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