Son ‘critical’, mother prays for his survival
Outside an Intensive Care Unit of Sheri-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences here, Haleema is praying for the recovery of her son Irfan Ahmad who has undergone a head surgery after being beaten mercilessly by forces in South Kashmir's Kulgam district.
The hapless mother is somehow an epitome of courage as one of her sons is fighting for his life on Bed No 14 of the SKIMS ICU while the other is admitted at Kulgam District Hospital for fractured bones.
"I am shuttling from Srinagar to Kulgam," she said, and broke down. "I am trying to figure out what has happened to my family."
With her voice trembling, she recalls the fateful incident when she, along with her sons, was working in their paddy field when a forces' party "let loose terror" in the area.
"They beat both my sons mercilessly in front on me," she said. "Irfan was hit on head with bamboo sticks and gun-butts."
With tears rolling down her eyes, Haleema said a woman can bear all kinds of pain "but can't see her children battle for their lives. My only hope is Almighty Allah."
Doctors treating Irfan say his condition is "critical". "He has been operated on head and we are monitoring his condition but he continues to be critical," said a doctor attending to him.
According to SKIMS medicos, apart from Irfan, there are two more youth who have hit by bullets and continue to be critical. "Majority of injured hit by bullets have been shot above the waist-line," they added.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Medical Superintendent of SKIMS, Dr Farooq Ahmad Jan said that since the eruption of protests in Kashmir five days before, 68 patients were admitted in the hospital.
"Four injured succumbed to their injuries, while three continue to be critical," he told Greater Kashmir.
He said of 68 patients admitted at SKIMS, 22 had bullet injuries while 27 were hit by pellets and nine and seven by stones and tear-shell blasts, respectively.
Dr Jan said the SKIMS management is providing free treatment of the injured "on directions of Chief Minister and Health Ministry."