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1 Dec 2014

Author:
Nikita Mehta, Mint

From gas tragedy survivor to activist

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Abdul Jabbar began fighting for the rights of people around him decades ago…on the night of 2-3 December 1984. Jabbar, a construction worker who used to dig borewells, was sleeping in his home when lethal methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas descended on the city of Bhopal after leaking from the Union Carbide India Ltd factory….That night, he helped many people get treatment at the state hospital, and got bodies taken for post-mortem…In 1987, he set up the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (Bhopal Gas Female Victims’ Association), an advocacy and recognition group for victims and survivors, and took out protest marches demanding sustenance allowance and compensation, especially for widows of gas victims. 

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