One shifted to Delhi hospital, may lose eye sight

The crime situation in Uttar Pradesh touched a new low when four sisters, all school teachers at Kandhla in the Shamli district, were subjected to an acid attack by two motorcycle-borne unidentified young men on Tuesday. The condition of one of them, Isha, who has been referred to a hospital in the Capital, is stated to be critical.

The State Inspector-General (Law and Order ), R. K. Vishwakarma, told journalists on Wednesday that the incident took place when the four -- Qamar Jahan, Sonam, Isha and Ayesha -- were returning home from Hindu Inter College in Kandhla. At Chaar Khamba on Kandhla bypass they were accosted by two unidentified men on a motorcycle, who threw acid on them. All the four sisters were injured in the acid attack.

While Isha was shifted to Sir Gangaram Hospital, Qamar Jahan has been admitted to the District Hospital in Shamli. The two other sisters went home after receiving first aid treatment, Mr. Vishwakarma said.

No arrests have been made. The sisters, who reside in Sheikhjatgan Mohalla in Kandhla town area, are daughters of a teacher, Salim.

A family member of the sisters in Delhi said: “If we knew who did this we will kill them. The laws and rules can wait, these men deserve to die.’’ Isha -- who has been admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital – has suffered extensive injuries in her eyes, face, neck and chest.

“`Isha was brought late last evening with extensive burns injuries. The skin on her eyelids, face, neck and chest has melted because of the acid attack. Her vision in the left eye is seriously impaired and doctors performed a surgical procedure today to help the eye recover. We still have to wait and see how it will work out. We are also treating the patient with antibiotics to ensure that no infection sets in,’’ said Dr. Mahesh Mangal, chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at SGRH.

He said the relatives of the patient told the doctors that Isha was attacked when she along with her three sisters was returning home after carrying out invigilation duties at a school for the Board examinations.

A relative, who had accompanies Isha and her mother to the Delhi, said: ``The girls lost their father some time ago. We are not sure who the attackers were. If we knew or had any idea we would kill them without question. The other girls, who have suffered lesser injuries compared with Isha, told us that the attack happened very suddenly.’’

“The girls (one of them is a student) were walking back home together when two men on a motorbike splashed acid on them. The girls said the men made some lewd remarks and then threw acid on them,’’ said Isha’s uncle, without wishing to be named, as he waited outside her ward at SGRH. He added that so far the U.P. police have not informed the family of any arrests.

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