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



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.

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.

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.”

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

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