Acid attack victim to be flown to Delhi for specialized treatment

PDP Leader Dr Sameer Kaul Steps In With Medical Assistance; Govt Caught Napping


Srinagar, Jan 3: The 30-year old acid attack victim from Srinagar would be flown to New Delhi on Friday for specialized treatment. Ironically, while the J&K Government has been caught napping on the tragic incident, a senior opposition Peoples Democratic Party leader and noted surgeon Dr Sameer Kaul has stepped in to bear the victim’s treatment expenses at the Apollo Hospital.
A day after the incident, Dr Sameer Kaul, who is also the national spokesperson of the PDP, extended medical assistance to the victim.
The girl will be flying to New Delhi on Friday to receive restorative treatment through plastic surgery by Dr Shaheen Noor-e-Yazdan at the Apollo Hospital. “All expenses for the treatment will be met by Dr Kaul who is a senior Surgeon at the hospital and has remained associated with a number of voluntary medical initiatives in Kashmir,” a PDP spokesman said.
This, the spokesman added, was communicated to the victim and her family by the party president Mehbooba Mufti when she visited the young lady at the SMHS hospital here. Expressing her anguish at the incident, Mehbooba expressed solidarity with the victim and her family. “The perpetrators of the dastardly crime must be expeditiously brought to justice for appropriate punishment,” she said.
While calling for a “strong administrative and legal measures” to ensure safety of women in the State, Mehbooba said the society also needed to introspect and restore the value system that used to hold women in high esteem.
The victim’s family confirmed that she would be shifted to the Apollo Hospital. “She will be shifted to New Delhi on Friday by air. We don’t want our sister to live with scars. She has to marry and settle in life which is impossible in Kashmir where even a scar ends marriage prospects for a girl,” the victim’s brother, Riyaz Ahmad, said. “We are thankful to Dr Sameer Kaul who assured us all possible help. It is sad to note that the help, which should have come from the state government, is coming from an opposition leader. Nevertheless, we are thankful to Dr Kaul.”
Doctors said she has suffered five to nine percent burn injuries but are worried about her eye injury as the initial investigation revealed that it has affected her eyesight.
“We are continuously observing her condition at the SMHS hospital,” said Dr Qaiser Ahmad, in-charge Principal of the Government Medical College Srinagar, under whose aegis the SMHS hospital operates. “Though her condition is stable, we are concerned about her vision because of the injuries to her left eye. But her vision can recover depending upon the extent of damage and the treatment provided.”
The victim was attacked with acid by two stalkers in Srinagar on Wednesday. The police arrested both the accused—Reyaz Ahmad Nath son of Ghulam Rasool Nath of Chanapora and co-attacker, Junaid Ahmad ailas Mudasir.
Police registered FIR (2/2013) at Police Station Saddar and booked Nath under various sections of RPC including 307 (attempt to murder), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 354 (Assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty).

Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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