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Srinagar acid attack victim treated in Chennai

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“I want the culprits to be caught and punished,” says the 20-year-old law student from Srinagar, who suffered burns on the face and hands in an acid attack last Thursday.

She is in the city for treatment at Sankara Nethralaya as her cornea has also been damaged. On Sunday, an intra-ocular lens was implanted in the right eye temporarily.

“I am worried about my fourth semester exams… we would have an external moot court, too. Though I have brought my books along, I am unable to read,” said the youngster.

On December 11, as she was walking along a lane, on her way to college, a car stopped, and suddenly she felt something like water on her face and by reflex covered her face with her hands. “I could not see very well so I asked a few collegemates walking behind me to immediately call my family. Some residents said they would go after the car but the car raced off by that time,” she recalled.

“I am the topper in my class and have never missed a day’s class. On that day, I was on my way to listen to Justice Kirmani’s speech at our college,” she said.

She has been going to college by public transport after her father, a businessman, met with an accident a few weeks ago. “He would drop her at college. But now he is bed-ridden,” said her uncle Sufi, who, along with her aunt and brother, is in the city.

“We want to consult specialists in plastic surgery so that she can resume her studies. The entire family is worried, and the nearly the whole college visited her at the hospital,” Mr. Sufi said. Not just the family, students all over Srinagar are with the girl, holding protests demanding the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime. The incident caused outrage not just in her home State, but all over India.

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