SRINAGAR TRADERS DOWN SHUTTERS IN PROTEST

Civil Society Expresses Shock; Victim Admitted To Apollo Hospital; Doctors Say She’s Stable

ACID ATTACK AFTERMATH

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Jan 4: Traders in Srinagar’s Regal Chowk and its adjoining areas Friday closed their businesses and held demonstrations demanding stringent punishment to those who threw acid on a girl here Wednesday.
Terming the attack as barbaric and inhumane, the Regal Chowk Traders Association and traders from Fairdeal Shopping Complex here strongly condemned the act and stressed on the government to ensure safety of girls in and around coaching centers in different localities.
“The womenfolk are feeling highly insecure in Kashmir as attacks on them have become a norm. Police and civil society should wake up and think over the issue, otherwise the situation will get worse,” said Farooq Ahmad Shangloo, a member of Fairdeal Traders Association. “The parents also have a role to stop such criminal and immoral activities in the society,” he said.
The traders downed their shutters for two hours from noon and staged protest against the acid attack. They demanded stern action against the guilty and trial in a fast-track court. “It will discourage criminal elements and prevent such incidents in future,” said Shangloo.
“The incidents of eve-teasing and assaults on girls have become a routine in and around private coaching centres across Srinagar especially in Parraypora area. The government should keep vigil near these centers to stop harassment of girls,” he said.
President Regal Chowk Traders Association, Manzoor-ul-Haq, said, “The state government should take action against eve-teasers and keep watch on coaching centres,” he said.
On Wednesday, a stalker Reyaz Ahmad Nath threw acid on a girl here. The youth, who had been harassing the girl, and his accomplice Mudasir Ahmad have been arrested.
Meanwhile, Mudasir has told police that he was not aware about Nath's intention to attack the girl with acid and has decided to turn approver in the case. A senior police officer said Mudasir turning a prosecution witness would help in the case against the accused.

VICTIM ADMITTED TO APOLLO HOSPITAL
Meanwhile, the victim was flown to New Delhi on Friday for specialized treatment at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.
The 30-year-old teacher arrived in New Delhi by air today this morning and was admitted to the Apollo Hospital for restorative treatment through plastic surgery by Dr Shaheen Noor-e-Yazdan.
She was shifted to the hospital in a critical care ambulance from the Delhi airport.
After conducting initial diagnosis and mandatory procedures on her, doctors said her condition was stable though her left eye has “sustained significant damage”. “The patient has been admitted today afternoon with severe acid burns to her face and small patches on her right upper limbs. The burns are deep and will require multiple reconstructive surgical procedures and her left eye has sustained significant damage,” a medical bulletin issued by the hospital said.
The hospital said a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was assessing the patient, who has suffered significant burn injuries. “She is still undergoing medical assessment by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors including eye and plastic surgeon. The patient is currently stable but needs a close monitoring for the infection control,” it said.
The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nasir Aslam Wani visited the victim at the Apollo Hospital and assured all possible help to the family.

KCSDS EXPRESSES SHOCK
A Kashmir-based civil society group Friday expressed shock and anguish over the horrific acid attack on a female teacher in Srinagar recently.
The Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) said the core group comprising women and men along with the chairperson Prof Hameeda Nayeem had already visited the victim on Thursday in SMHS Hospital and were horrified to see her disfigured face and severely damaged left eye. “The group empathized with the victim and her family and resolved to carry out a rigorous campaign against all forms of violence against women and the institutionalized culture of impunity prevalent particularly in Jammu and Kashmir for the past two decades,” the spokesperson said. “The KCSDS and the civil society members reiterated their demand for fast-track courts for speedy delivery of justice and making stringent laws to punish the culprits   of the heinous crimes against women.”
The spokesperson said, “These could serve as deterrent for possible crimes. We also reiterate our demand for speedy trial of Tabinda Gani and Romana murder cases so that culprits could be given severest punishment.”
The organization impressed upon the  people of the state to establish  committees  in every locality  to monitor  the  “shameful and  immoral acts as also pervasive domestic  violence  and prevent these before  they violate the dignity  and threaten the safety and security of women.”

PDP DEMANDS GOVT JOB FOR VICTIM
Peoples Democratic Party, which has sponsored Wednesday’s acid attack victim for restorative surgery in New Delhi, today demanded a government job for the girl.
The party chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said here that the acid attack had severely jeopardized the life of the young lady who taught in a private school. “For her rehabilitation it is necessary that the government comes forward with appropriate measures and the minimum it can do is to provide an appropriate job to the victim,” Akhtar said.
He said in view of the fact that the young lady might lose vision in one eye, her disability would entitle her for a preferential treatment in getting a government job. But in view of the devastating incident she faced, it would be necessary to provide her a job out of the way, he added.

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




  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • TwitThis
  • Mixx
  • Technorati
  • Facebook
  • NewsVine
  • Reddit
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • YahooMyWeb
  • Print News

Enter the Security code exactly as you see it in the image security code is CaSe SeNsItIvE(Cookies must be enabled)
  • MORE FROM FRONTPAGE

  • Kashmir

Haji Yousuf 's ghost haunts Crime Branch

Govt To Act On Bedi Commission Report, Initiate Action Against Cops

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Jan 4:  Jammu and Kashmir Government is contemplating disciplinary action against the Crime Branch (CB) officials held guilty by Justice HS Bedi panel, the one-man Commission of Inquiry More



  • Srinagar City

SHRC TAKES STRONG NOTE

Seeks report from IGP Kashmir, SP, SHO Hazratbal

ASSAULT ON GK CORRESPONDENT

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Jan 4: Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Friday took strong note of assault on Greater Kashmir correspondent Imran Muzaffar by some policemen on Thursday and sought reports More




  • Jammu

Woman cop commits suicide

Jammu, Jan 4: A woman police constable allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Rajouri district, police said on Friday.  The constable, identified as More



  • South Asia

Siachen Glacier shrinking, says study

Karachi,Jan 4: The Siachen Glacier has been reduced by 5.9km in longitudinal extent between 1989 and 2009 because of rising temperatures, says a study published recently. Human presence at Siachen More



  • Pattan/Tangmarg

Waripora sans basic amenities

‘SUCCESSIVE REGIMES IGNORED US’

Waripora (Pattan) Jan 4: Inhabitants of Waripora Payeen in this north Kashmir area are up in arms against the non-availability of the basic amenities in the village. Located at the bank of Nallah More



  • GKeducation&Careers

Towards a better education system

Focus on the quality of education at the primary level to achieve better results

REMEDIAL MEASURES

REHANA JABEEN

It is result time, pick up a morning newspaper and you will come across numerous ads carrying photographs of students who have passed their 10th class annual exam with good marks. The scores and names More



ADD
Designed Developed and Maintaned By Imobisoft Ltd /Algosol Software Solutions