Srinagar: The Intensive Care Unit of the SMHS Hospital is filled with people who have been maimed by bullets and pellets fired by government forces during protests triggered by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani and who have suffered accidents or life-threatening diseases.
Among the injured is Insha, a 15-year-old girl from Shopian. An oxygen mask and a strip of bandage cover much of her face. The exposed face is pockmarked with pellets, like a face sprinkled with ink.
“Insha was hit by pellets when she had peeped through a window in the second story of her home on Sunday. She was looking at a mourning procession that was passing by,” said Vakil Ahmad, her cousin.
She was rushed to sub-district hospital Shopian where her condition was declared critical. She was then referred to the SMHS hospital, Srinagar. Four days on, she is yet to show any signs of recovery.
A doctor who operating on her said she was critical as pellets had made way into her skull, throat and eyes.
“Her right eye had eviscerated as soon as the pellet had hit her, since the pellets were showered at her from a close range,” he added
Insha does not talk nor does she move. No gesture is visible on her bruised face.
If she survives, Insha, a class 9 student, won’t be able to see again, as her left eye has suffered extensive damage.
She suffered a fracture in her skull, which had led to pneumocephalus, meaning her cranial cavity has been filled with air.
“Please for her, she is too young to die,” said her father, wiping tears off his face.
Beside Insha lies 25-year-old Shameema of Bijbehara, who too has been put on a ventilator. She was hit by a bullet when government forces had fired indiscriminately. She had gone out of her home to witness a mourning procession.
“Government forces fired to kill her,” said her father.
A doctor told Kashmir Reader she the bullet injury has caused partial paralysis in her body. He termed her condition as critical.