Injured in 2010 by forces’ bullet, crippled Muneera fights disability in penury

Muneera (36), a housewife, has been living miserable life ever since she was crippled by a scapula injury she sustained in forces firing during the 2010 unrest.
Injured in 2010 by forces’ bullet, crippled Muneera fights disability in penury
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Muneera (36), a housewife, has been living miserable life ever since she was crippled by a scapula injury she sustained in forces firing during the 2010 unrest.

Muneera has been fighting her disability in penury. Her husband earns too little to suffice to his family of six.

For six years since she was crippled, Muneera is lying on bed in a dark small room. She is watching TV while her nine year old son Suhail and her husband Javed Ahmad Dhobi are taking meals beside her.

Javed who is a class fourth employee said he had spent at least ten lakh rupees on her treatment but now he has no money to bear the expenditure.

 "I have no other source or property than my class 4th job. I have to feed six members of my family.

 "Till date I have spent at least ten lakh rupees but she is still in the same condition and unable to move without help.

 "She is paralyzed below her waist and one could easily imagine what kind of problems we are facing daily. She needs two persons to help her answer nature's call or stand up.

He said when Muneera was hit by the bullet he was frustrated not able to think what to do. "It was she who even after getting hit by the bullet, called her parents as I was totally bewildered.

Javed said none helped him in "that hour of need except a voluntary trust which gave me ten thousands rupees at that time.

 "Government denied me any relief saying that she was among the stone pelters. Later, I approached the Human Rights Commission which declared that she was not involved in any stone pelting and was hit when she was returning to home from Babhara" Javed said.

He said that he also got the same report from CID but that too could not help.

 "Even after six years, the relief case of my wife is lying in the DC office Pulwama and I am now tired of pursuing it," Javed said.

 "The doctors have asked me to take her to Delhi for treatment but it needs at least twelve lakh rupees. I have no money now and I have lost all hopes from the government" Javed said.

While showing a copy of this newspaper, he said Greater Kashmir highlighted the news of my wife at that time.  Notably, Greater Kashmir had carried a news item on front page about the incident underlining the problems of Muneera and his family.

While recalling the incident that took place on August 3, 2010, Muneera said: "I along with my husband where returning from my matrimonial home in Babhara after dropping my son there, to Sirnoo where I am married. As we reached near Sirnoo, we heard some bullet shots and the passersby informed us that there were clashes in nearby village Dalipora.

 "As we were walking quickly to reach home, I suddenly was hit by something and I fell down. Quickly I felt that a bullet had hit me and I informed my husband. But he could not believe. He tried to lift me up but could not. Soon blood started oozing from my back.

 "As my husband was trying to lift me, I gathered courage and called my parents that I was hit by the bullet. But I cautioned them not to venture out as they could also become victim of the firing.

 "When we reached near the spot where the clashes had taken place in Dalipora half a kilometer from our village, they (the forces) did not allow us to go to hospital.

 "They (the forces) said they will not allow stone pelters and protesters to hospital. They were repeatedly saying that I was part of the protests which was a white lie as I was not part of any protest.

 "Later, after we begged to them for at least half an hour, they allowed us to go and I was taken to SKIMS where I was operated upon and a bullet was removed from my pelvic cavity," Muneera said with tears rolling down her cheeks.

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