Category Archives: DOW Chemical

Simple History of the Criminal Case Outstanding Against Union Carbide in Relation to the 1984 Bhopal Disaster

A Simple History of the Criminal Case Criminal proceedings for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” launched against US-based Union Carbide Corporation within 24 hours of the gas leak.1 Nine individuals and three corporations accused, with one individual and two corporations based overseas. Foreign corporations charged: Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), incorporated in New York State, […]

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A Timeline of the Criminal Case Outstanding Against Union Carbide in Relation to the 1984 Bhopal Disaster

A Timeline of the Criminal Case 2-3 December 1984 On the night of 2/3 December 1984, forty tonnes of methyl iscocyanate (MIC – a highly volatile toxic chemical) stored at a pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL), a subsidiary of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) became contaminated with water and other impurities. The […]

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How Can UCC, an American Corporation, be Subject to Indian Jurisdiction?

How Can the Union Carbide Corporation, an American Corporation, be Subject to Indian Jurisdiction? Counsel for UCC claim that the US corporation is not subject to the jurisdiction of Indian courts on the grounds that section 20 of the Indian Penal Code limits punishment to acts or omissions committed “within India”. UCC’s lawyers further argue […]

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A Brief History of the Criminal Case Outstanding Against Union Carbide in Relation to the 1984 Bhopal Disaster

A Brief History of the Criminal Case Within 24 hours of the gas leak, state authorities launched criminal proceedings.1 The crime was registered under section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which concerns causing death by negligence.2 Nine individuals and three corporations were accused, of which one individual and two corporations were based […]

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We believe Dow & DuPont must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.