Kodaikanal Won: Sofia Ashraf Announces Victory Against Hindustan Unilever (HUL) In Mercury Poisoning Dispute; Battle Half Won

Kodaikanal Won: Sofia Ashraf Announces Victory Against Hindustan Unilever (HUL) In Mercury Poisoning Dispute: After almost a 15-year-long battle, finally the social activist Sofia and thermometer factory’s poison victims won the case against HUL. The campaign was set up for this purpose. Yesterday, the company announced that it will compensate its 591 former workers. (watch: Zorawar teaser.)



This settlement has been confirmed by the Madras High Court (MHC). For this campaign, the social activist Sofia Thenmozhi Ashraf composed a rap video to support the battle against HUL. The video fetched the eyeballs 3.5 million times across the world..

Kodaikanal Won: Sofia Ashraf Announces Victory Against Hindustan Unilever (HUL) In Mercury Poisoning Dispute

Today, she said that Hindustan Unilever has agreed to compensate 591 ex-mercury factory workers.



“Now, a guilt-ridden mother can actually take care of her mentally-ill son. The families can pay off the debts incurred during the treatment of their now-dead sons,” she posted on her Facebook page.

The aggressive social campaign supported the ‘Kodaikanal Won’t’ rap song video. Actually, it requested to boycott the products of HUL. Such a massive scale pressure succeeded in building pressure to compensate the victims.

The legal executive director of Hindustan Unilever Dev Bajpai made the following statement.

“The well-being of our employees and the communities in which we operate has and will always remain paramount.”

Kodaikanal Won: Sofia Ashraf Announces Victory Against Hindustan Unilever (HUL) In Mercury Poisoning Dispute

However, the firm didn’t disclose the exact figures of the compensation amount.  The president of Pond’s HLL ex-Mercury Employees Welfare Association said the statement.

“We welcome the actions taken by HUL to bring these negotiations to a satisfactory closure. We are pleased with all the terms of the agreement which will help to ensure the long-term health and well-being of the factory’s former workers. We now consider this issue to be fully resolved and have no more grievance against the company in this regard.”

Some social activists are of the favor that the battle is fully resolved while many of them have a bigger perception. Many activists said that the battle is half-won. The war will be over when the firm will clean up the toxic waste in the hill town.

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