SRINAGAR: Manjot Singh Kohli, a Sikh activist from Udhampur district, has decided to fight a legal battle against the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura to be able to donate her kidney to her Muslim friend, Samreen Akhter, who hails from Rajouri.
The 23-year-old Manjot received overwhelming appreciation from people for her selfless gestures of volunteering to donate one of her kidneys to Samreena. However, the authorities at SKIMS Soura delayed the transplant for unnecessary reasons.
Now Manjot has decided to file a petition in the J&K High Court to get the requisite clearance for an organ transplant.
“I have approached the well-known lawyer of J&K, Deepika Singh Rajawat, who fought the legal battle of the Kathua rape victim. She has expressed her willingness to fight my case against the irresponsible approach of SKIMS Soura,” she said.
Deepika Singh Rajawat told Kashmir Reader that she is traveling to Srinagar on Saturday to initiate the legal case so that the friends can be helped out at an important juncture of their lives.
“I will first take up the issue with Director SKIMS, Dr Omar J Shah, who is the chairperson of the authorisation committee in SKIMS Soura on organ donation. An application expressing her consent will be filed afresh before him so that he decides about it immediately. Then we will take the matter to court,” she said.
According to her, the Jammu and Kashmir Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1997, clearly provides terms to help unrelated persons donate their organs on compassionate basis.
“If two adult persons are emotionally attached to each other, then doctors should help them fulfill their willingness to donate organs to each other,” Deepika said.
She said there are multiple judgements which would support them in the legal battle.