J&K: State Government to Bear Expenses of Acid Attack Victim

Saturday, January 5th, 2013 | by

omarThe Jammu and Kashmir government will bear all expenses for the treatment of the woman who suffered serious injuries in an acid attack on her, Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma said here Friday. Two men threw acid on Rukya, 30, in Srinagar Wednesday morning.

The attack has evoked strong reactions from the people from all across the Kashmir Valley. As her condition worsened in a local hospital in Srinagar, she was shifted to Delhi for specialized treatment.

Sharma said that “such incidents are inhuman and unfortunate and need to be condemned” and that the culprits deserve severe punishment. In a statement, the minister expressed sympathies with the woman and her family and extended financial and moral support to them.

He said the “entire expenses on her specialised treatment outside the state in any hospital will be borne by the state government”.

Earlier, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Friday demanded a government job for the acid attack victim whose treatment in New Delhi is being paid for by the party. PDP spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said here Friday that the acid attack had severely jeopardised the life of the woman who was teacher at a private school.

“For her rehabilitation it was necessary that the government came forward with appropriate measures and the minimum it could do was to provide an appropriate job to the victim,” Akhtar said.

He said in a statement here that as the victim may lose vision in one eye, her disability would entitle her to a preferential treatment in getting a government job.

The victim was attacked by a motorcycle-borne assailant Jan 2 who threw acid on her face.

Doctors in a local hospital where she was first admitted said she had sustained 60 percent acid burn wounds on her face. Her assailant has been arrested.

The local bar association said in a statement that none of its members would defend the attacker in a court of law.

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