Silicosis: The Occupational Hazard of Doing God’s Work

Written by Vania D’souza, India Fellow, 2021

While those detected with silicosis receive their compensations after tedious attempts to register, there are many who don’t. “I have been told to come back when my lungs are much worse. They said that I don’t have enough Silicosis present and I should work some more to receive the relief package.” shared Hakma BagaRam*. This isn’t the only instance where the X-rays of patients with silicosis have been rejected even after a clear indication of its presence. 

This blog gives the reader a brief introduction to the trajectory of trauma, tragedy and death in the stone grinding and mining industry.

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