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Prelate pleads for justice for Bhopal victims

Catholic World News - December 05, 2011

Twenty-seven years after a leak from a pesticide plant left 15,000 dead in Bhopal, India, survivors sat on railroad tracks in protest, demanding additional compensation from Dow Chemical, which purchased the company that operated the pesticide plant.

“The people who really should have got help did not receive it, of those who received it, they did not receive enough,” said Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal. “The Church has done a lot and continues to do as much as it can, but that is very little in itself.”

“The government is politicizing this tragedy and the fight goes on, every year there are strikes and protests, but it is politicized,” he added. “Justice is not being done to the real victims.”

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Dec. 06, 2011 2:30 AM ET USA

    Let me get this straight. Saying "Dow purchased the company" seems to imply that Dow came to own the Bohpal plant subsequent to the release. Is the good father stating that Dow is responsible even though they did not contol the facility at the time of the accident? I think not.

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