Srinagar: In the emergency ward of SKIMS, Soura, a relative of Jameela’s waves a finger in front of her eyes and asks: Yiwan chhui kenh athi? Can you see anything?
Many other people accompanying her repeat the question at intervals. Each time, her reply is a question: Mea yiya gaash wapas? Will I get my sight back?
As soon as a doctor enters the ward, Jameela’s son walks up to him and requests him to examine his mother first.
The doctor switches on his torch and flashes it across Jameela’s both eyes and asks: “Can you see anything?”
“No nothing,” she replies.
“You would recover soon,” the doctor tells her.
But aside, he tells the son, “Nothing can be said as of now. Right now her eyesight is damaged.”
The son breaks down and begs the doctor to help her. “We will sacrifice anything for her,” he tells the doctor.
Relatives calm the distressed son and ask him “to become her eyes” in case the worst happens.
A doctor wishing anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media told Kashmir Reader that Jameela, 40, might have suffered the loss of sight due to a blow.
“There are no pellets nor is there any other thing in her eyes. It seems a hard blow on her head led to this condition,” he said
Jameela was one of several thousand people who had been protesting nocturnal raids by government forces. A youth was killed with pellets by the forces and dozens of people were injured.
“There were peaceful protests but the forces had come to kill,” said a relative of Jameela’s.
“It looked like a scene from a war movie. In movies however both sides are armed and here only government forces were armed and we were unarmed,” said Jameela’s son.