Govt wakes up to help victim

Will bear her treatment expenses: Health Minister


Srinagar, Jan 4: A day after national spokesperson of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party Dr Sameer Kaul extended medical assistance to the Wednesday’s acid attack victim, the State Government Friday joined the chorus, deciding to bear all expenses on treatment of the girl. The Government has also approached the Union Health Ministry for help.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, the Minister for Health, Sham Lal Sharma, confirmed the development.
“The Resident Commissioner in New Delhi has been directed to arrange everything that the victim requires,” Sharma said. “He will report to us on the progress after proper monitoring.”
Sharma said the government is also hopeful of help from the Union Health Ministry. “I tried to speak to the Union Health Minister on telephone about the matter but he was not available. I talked to his additional secretary later. We are hopeful of help from the Union Health Ministry,” he said.
Pertinently on Thursday, noted surgeon and national spokesperson of PDP Dr Sameer Kaul extended medical assistance to the victim. “All expenses for the treatment will be met by Dr Kaul who is a senior Surgeon at the Apollo hospital and has remained associated with a number of voluntary medical initiatives in Kashmir,” a PDP spokesman had said.
The victim was attacked with acid by two stalkers in Srinagar on Wednesday. The police has arrested both the accused and registered FIR NO 2/2013 at Police Station Saddar.
Meanwhile, an official spokesman said the State Government has put in place all required arrangements at New Delhi to seek best medical treatment to the acid victim.
“On the directions of the Chief Minister, Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani is personally overseeing these arrangements at New Delhi,” the spokesman said, adding, “The government would provide all possible medical treatment to the affected girl. The police has already apprehended the culprit and would be brought to justice for severe punishment.”
MoS Home said Additional Resident Commissioner of the State at New Delhi and Medical officer of New Delhi have been made liaison officers to keep liaison with affected family for any kind of support it requires at New Delhi.
Earlier, Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo visited the affected family and assured them that the person responsible for the heinous crime will be handed down severe punishment.
Chairperson State Women’s Commission Shamima Firdous also visited the affected girl’s family, expressed solidarity with it and assured all help from the government for the treatment of the girl.
Meanwhile government is working on making laws relating to such crimes against women more stringent. “The Minister for Law has already set Law Department in motion for formulating comprehensive proposal in this regard for enactment,” the spokesman said.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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