PULWAMA: On October 31 last year Shabroza 18 was alone at her home. Her other family members were out making preparations for the wedding of their elder daughter which was scheduled the same week. In the afternoon the government forces including army and policemen raided the village and started ransacking the houses. As the forces went on a rampage triggering protests by the villagers Shabroza got terrified. Fearing the entry of the forces into her house too she decided to move out to join the neighboring women who had assembled on a street. “There were clashes all around the locality against the excesses of forces. Being alone at home I decided to move out and sit with the neighboring women who had assembled on the road. Minutes after I joined them forces who were chasing the youth came running and fired pellets on us,” Shabroza told Kashmir.
The pellets hit her face and eyes causing severe damage to the right eye. She was taken to the local hospital where from doctors referred her to SMHS. “It was all dark for me when the pellets hit my eyes. I don’t even know who took me to the hospital that time as both my eyes were shut and bleeding,” Shabroza told Kashmir Reader.
At SMHS she was operated in both the eyes before being discharged. After a couple of weeks she was again operated in right eye. “Though my vision has improved a lot in my left eye but there is very little improvement in right one. Thank God one eye has recovered,” she said.
What was more agonising for the family was that on the wedding of their elder daughter, younger daughter was struggling to regain her vision in hospital.
“It was very painful to have one daughter in hospital on the wedding ceremony of the other. It was a state of mourning at our home on the wedding ceremony,” said Shabroza’s mother, Rafiqa.
Rafiqa is worried about her daughter’s marriage more than her studies. “She had failed in two subjects in class 10 previously but was not able to submit the examination form again due to injuries. But I am not that much worried about her studies now. My only worry is if her eye does not recover het life will be ruined,” Raiqa said.
“Loss of vision may become a hurdle in her marriage. This thought haunts me every time. Since doctors have advised that she should not weep and keeping that in mind I try to give her courage. But in loneliness I only keep on weeping and praying for the recovery of her vision,” the visibly disturbed mother told Kashmir Reader.