20month old girl hit in eye by pellet in Shopian : might lose sight

Arthikbazar.com – “What was her fault? She is too young to understand, what has happened to her…I only pray to God to give a severe punishment to those who are responsible for this,” the mother says.
On bed number 4 at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital’s ophthalmology department in Srinagar, Hiba Nisar is crying continuously even as her parents try to distract her with chocolates and sweets that visitors are bringing for her.
Barely 20 months old, Hiba was hit by a pellet on her right eye on Sunday inside her home in Shopian and underwent an immediate surgery. Doctors, however, say her condition is critical and fear she might lose sight in one eye.
Clashes broke out between civilians and security personnel in Shopian following an early morning encounter on Sunday. According to reports, a civilian was killed and over 50 people were injured in the protests that led to Hiba’s injury.
Hiba’s mother told The , that she was home with her two kids when the protests broke out. “We were inside our home and intense tear gas shelling was going on outside. At one point, my five-year-old son began complaining of trouble in breathing. I decided to take my children out but as soon as soon as I opened the door, three men (security personnel) fired pellets on us directly,” she said while holding Hiba in her arms at the hospital. The family lives in Kaprin – Batgund area of Shopian district- the same village where the Sunday encounter took place. Hiba was taken to a hospital in Shopian from where she was referred to Srinagar.
Jan says she, too, suffered a pellet injury on her hand when she was trying to save her children. “I put my hand on Hiba’s face to protect her.. had I not put my hand, her face would have been disfigured with pellets.”

Published: November 26, 2018

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