The research was carried out under the head of the gynaecology and obstertrics department of Kasturba college
, Dr. Pratap Kumar
Sudheer Kumar, convenor of Endosulfan protest action committee in Kasangod district said, "Children are born without heads in the affected areas.
What more proof does the government need?"
Kumar who works with other activists in the region has identified 9,000 people suffering from various health problems due to endosulfan exposure.
Out of these 4,600 are bed-ridden and 1,000 have died over the last 15 years.
In 2004, national institute of occupational hazards (NIOH) in it's report on residual studies submitted to the national human rights commission (NHRC) said that the pesticide residue was found in blood, semen and breast milk samples of the people living in endosulfan-affected regions.
"There is a nexus between the bureaucrats, scientists, industrialists and political leaders Sharad Pawar and Jairam Ramesh," said Kumar
Even though Endosulfan
is banned in 83 countries, at the United Nation's
Geneva conference earlier this year, where a call for nation-wide ban on the pesticide was made, India pitched for a relaxation of five years and asked for the pesticide to be used on 33 crops.
These crops are mainly food crops including tomato and cabbage, said Kumar