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Handicapped father struggling to treat acid victim daughter

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Have spent Rs 15 lakh, need 20 lakh more to treat her: Shamim Ahmad

Jahangeer Ganaie

Srinagar, Feb 03 (KNO): Shamim Ahmad Kumar, father of a 17 year old girl who was attacked with acid in October last in Shopian is struggling hard to treat her daughter.

In October 2021, a 17 year old girl from Kral-Check village of Keller hamlet in south Kashmir’s Shopian was attacked by a local youth with acid in her locality after which involved youth was arrested and put behind bars but the girl is battling to regain her shape.

Shamim Ahmad Kumar, father of the victim while talking with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that he has already spent around 15 lakh rupees for treatment of her daughter but now he has no money to bear the expenses of medicine besides surgery.

“I am handicapped and working at a government school in my native village where I have been getting Rs 400 per month salary since 1995. How is it possible for me to bear the expenses of surgeries,” he said.

“After the incident we had circulated a public appeal for donations and somehow we managed to treat her but now we are short of money,” Kumar said.

Apart from the daughter Kumar has a minor son. His wife got divorce before four years ago and is presently living in a shed.

“My daughter has already gone through five surgeries at a private hospital. She needs to go through at least three more surgeries costing around Rs 20 lakh,” he said.

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He said that the wounds of her daughter are healing but as per doctors it will take around a year more and three more surgeries for satisfactory recovery.

“My daughter hasn’t lost eyesight but tears are continuously coming out of her eyes due to the acid effect. My daughter is in Srinagar as I am unable to take her home as we don’t have any house,” he said—(KNO)

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