Srinagar: Her head strapped in layers of white bandages, Iqra Sidiq, 17, spoke with hand gestures at the isolation ward of super speciality SHMS hospital. Iqra was moved to a special ward since she complained of headache.
Iqra was hit by a stone allegedly thrown by the personnel of paramilitary CRPF. A commerce student at Women’s College Nawa Kadal, she was part of a student protest at Saki Dafar against police action in Pulwama degree college when a stone fractured her skull.
Her mother, Gulshan Sidiq, who sat outside the hospital room, was plunged in grief. Occasionally, she broke down, and tears rolled down her cheeks as people enquired about her daughter.
“Many people visited Iqra in the general ward of the hospital. On Saturday, she complained of headache. Later the doctors shifted her to the isolation ward,” Gulshan said. “She stopped speaking due to the pain in her head. Now if she needs anything, she gestures”.
Since Iqra sustained the grievous injury, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Yasin Malik have visited her at the hospital. Gulshan, however, grudge the CM, from whom she demands justice for her daughter.
“Chief Minister goes everywhere. It is her job. What we want from her is justice,” Gulshan said. “She promised she would help us in getting justice. If she fails to do so, she will bear the burden of my grief till the day of resurrection,” said Ghulshan.
Waiting besides Gulshan is Iqra’s elder brother, Muneer. “She is just 17. She has nothing to do with politics,” says the grief stricken brother, who was travelling when this incident happened.
“Iqra protested as she could not resist the highhandedness of forces in Pulwama Degree College. Any sane mind will react to it,” said Ahmad. “But they protested peacefully.”
Doctors at SMHS Hospital say that Iqra was recovering fast after her surgery.