Srinagar: A student of Nowshera Law College who was attacked by two car-borne youths with acid in 2014, on Monday appeared before the J&K High court and described the ordeal she had gone through in the past four years.
Speaking before a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe, the victim said that she underwent 19 surgeries in the past four years, could not take her law exams, and her father suffered a heart attack during these terrible years.
She told the court that the state government provided her medical relief for only the first two phases of treatment, the rest of the medical expenses borne by her family itself.
“Provide me a platform so that I can stand on my own feet,” she appealed to the High Court.
After hearing the victim, the judges said that whatever is in the capacity of the court, they will do it. They also encouraged the victim to pursue a career as a lawyer, if she wishes to do so.
Counsel for the victim, Mian Qayoom, told the court that hospitals had not yet completed the formality of verification of her medical bills and documents. In the previous hearing of the case, the court had directed the state government to pay an amount of Rs 6,98,241 to the victim’s father as reimbursement for what he had spent on cornea transplantation surgery of his daughter. The court had also directed the government to pay an additional amount of Rs 7 lakh to the victim for facial reconstruction surgery. The court had directed the Registry to send all the medical bills and documents to hospitals wherein the victim was operated on, to verify the correctness of documents placed before the court.
After the victim’s counsel informed the court of the pending verification of her documents, the court directed the victim to personally meet the Registrar Judicial of the court for verification of the documents. The court requested the hospitals where the victim was treated to cooperate in this matter.
The court also asked the victim to look at schemes of the central government for help of acid attack victims, so that the court could provide help with those.
Enquiring about the trial of the acid attack case, the court was informed by the victim herself that she had already recorded her statement before the trial court and the prosecution had completed collection of evidence. Now only the judgement remains to be pronounced in the case, she told the court.