HUFFINGTON POST
07/31/2015 06:34 pm ET

This 'Anaconda' Parody Calls Out Unilever For Polluting Indian Town

"Prolonged exposure got many men killed / There's children born being seriously ill."

 A new take on Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" is calling out consumer goods giant Unilever for exposing residents of Kodaikanal, India, to toxic mercury contamination.

In her version of the song, Indian rapper Sofia Ashraf accuses the company of sickening employees and local residents, and causing birth defects in their children when it mishandled mercury at a thermometer factory it operated in the town until 2001. 

"Kodaikanal won't step down until you make amends now," Ashraf raps in the video released Thursday. "Prolonged exposure got many men killed / There's children born being seriously ill."

At a protest covered last month by the New Indian Express, activists alleged that the Unilever factory allowed toxic mercury to spill on the factory floor and dumped mercury waste in a nearby scrapyard, causing at least 45 deaths.

The environmental group Greenpeace cites findings by the Bangalore-based Community Health Cell that the factory's workers suffered gum and skin allergies that appeared to be due to mercury exposure, and employee testimonies cite headaches, skin rashes and spinal problems that can be linked to mercury contamination. 

Unilever contests allegations that it played any role in Kodaikanal residents' illnesses, and notes on its website that several independent studies have found there to be "no adverse health impacts on ex-employees due to the nature of their work in the factory."

Unilever has not responded to a Huffington Post request for comment.

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