NDTV: You haven't got compensation?
Bimla Devi: No, they asked me to get proof. Where will I get that? I don't have any papers. So, I have got nothing so far.
She has no sight and her husband is dead, so, is her son who was born soon after the tragedy. He used to have fits and severe respiratory problems. Today, she survives on 150 rupees that she receives as widow pension.
A few months after the gas leak took place, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, conducted a survey of affected families. Unfortunately, the severity of the disaster led to hundreds of families leaving the city in haste. Many stayed with relatives and didn't return because many were too sick to travel. Besides, there were repeated rumours of fresh leaks which kept them away.
However, without proper documentation, none of them will ever get the financial compensation they deserve. But now that the case is being reopened, the government must make the effort to identify those who were really affected by the gas leak and make sure that they are not left out once again.
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