2016 Uprising: Anantnag Family Left To Fend For Itself

SRINAGAR: A South Kashmir girl hit by a bullet has been battling for life from past seven months in a Srinagar hospital. His hapless father waiting for help from either government or some any other organization has lost hope while according to him being the sole bread earner for his family, his children are starving due to his engagement in the hospital round the clock.

Twenty-three-year old Shameema Rashid of Arwani Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district, according to his father Abdul Rashid Lohar, was shot at by Para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) when she ventured out from her house to bring back her little brother who was part of a pro-freedom procession.

The incident occurred a day after (July 9, 2016) death of popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani.

“The bullet injury has paralyzed her and she is unable to move. Though doctors have been attending her regularly, but she has not made any progress,” Abdul Rashid sitting besides bed of his daughter at Sheereen Bagh hospital here in Srinagar told a local news gathering agency, CNS.

He said that it has been over seven months he visited his family. “I am a blacksmith by profession and I and my better half don’t know how our little kids are managing the house in our absence,” he said.

Responding to a question, Abdul Rashid said that he didn’t receive any help from anyone. “Neither the government nor anyone else helped us. Not a single resistance leader ever visited us, so far. Only my own villagers extended help to us and it is because of their help that we are able to bear the expenses of our paralyzed daughter,” he said.

A doctor at the hospital said that the girl has suffered a bullet injury in her hip that has damaged her nerve. “It is called ‘post-traumatic-mono-paralyses in medical terminology. The patient is young and there are chances that her nerve may regenerate and she may recover,” he hoped.

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