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Fighting For A Cause

Fighting For A Cause
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Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy
It is a group of 28 families united in their grief over those they lost in the fire at the capital's Uphaar theatre. It took the likes of Neelam Krishnamoorthy and husband Shekhar six years but their dogged fight against the mighty Ansals has paid up. The victims' kin were awarded compensation of Rs 17 crore and additional damages of Rs 3.5 crore.

 

Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons
Pervena Ahanga's son was picked up by the authorities a decade back and has been missing since. To bring together people like her, she and human rights activist Pervez Imroz founded APDP. "Our mission is to know the whereabouts our loved ones," says Imroz. "Some 8,000 Kashmiris have disappeared." Above, on a week-long hunger strike in Srinagar.

 

Abhijit Air Safety Foundation
The MiG-21 Kavita Gadgil's son Abhijit was flying on routine surveillance in Rajasthan crashed 30 seconds after take-off. Her research revealed these 40-year-old aircraft to be 'Flying Coffins' with a high crash rate. Some 10 families joined cause with Kavita. Their mission: to have the government admit something's wrong with the MiGs, phase them out.

 

CCB Depositors Welfare Association
They are a group of affected people who got together when the Lucknow's City Cooperative bank went bust in March 2001, owing its depositors some Rs 79 crore. About 17,000 people lost their life's savings, 15 per cent of them pensioners. Together, they send petitions, register cases in courts, and if nothing else, hear each other out.

 

Bhopal Gas Pidit Mahila Udyog Sangathan
Sixty thousand cases are still pending almost 20 years after the Bhopal gas tragedy and those who did receive damages did so only after 10 to 15 years. As Shamsunissa, 65, paralysed and in penury, says, "My husband died of cancer because of the gas leak, our compensation was a pittance; it went towards the repaying of my debts."
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