“Ban, ban, Endosulfan!” , the participants were chanting at the protest against the usage of Endosulfan on June 5, 2011 in front of Town Hall, with drums and dances over a hundred protestors were attracting big attention from the public. It was organised by the Peoples Solidarity Concerns of which SICHREM is a member, along with the New Socialist Alternate, Moving Republic, Visual Search, ACMI and ISI.
The protest was a follow up to a month long campaign and a daylong conference at which victims, activists and local groups raised their voice against the usage of Endosulfan. For a month beforehand the public of Karnataka could see the damage caused by Endosulfan in a photography exhibition held in the districts of Kodagu, Mysore, Uttra Kanada and the same was hosted at Rex Theatre in Bangalore.
Endosulfan is used as a pesticide in agriculture and can cause severe health impacts such as deformities in limbs, loss of motor nervous control, brain damage and cancer. Worldwide 74 countries have already banned Endosulfan.
The Peoples Solidarity Concerns and SICHREM demand:
1. A permanent and immediate ban on Endosulfan all over the country.
2. Proper relief, rehabilitation and compensation to the survivors of Endosulfan.
3. Severe action including criminal prosecution of the corporates, central and state government authorities who were responsible for causing and continuing to cause irreversible health disaster on the victims and their families
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