Can I still become a doctor, pellet victim Insha asks

Srinagar, September 27, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, Insha Malik, a girl from Shopian who was blinded when an Indian soldier exhausted a full cartridge of pellets into her face, has posed a question to the Chairperson of Women’s Commission of the territory, Nayeema Mahjoor whether she can still pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

Probably aware of what has befallen her, Insha also asked Mahjoor if not a doctor she would like to become a lawyer.

“Insha is in trauma and was not willing to talk at first. She doesn’t want to go to Kashmir because of the atrocities people are facing here,” said Mahjoor, who said she spent three hours with the girl in Mumbai, where she is being treated.

“Many people have faced atrocities here and how can we remain alive? That’s why she said Kashmir is not a good place,” Mahjoor said while admitting that excessive force was used for which she felt ashamed before Insha.

Insha suffered horrific pellet injuries in her entire face after a soldier fired at her when she was looking out of a window of her home in Sedav village of Shopian. The picture showing her disfigured face became one of the iconic images of the state repression during the ongoing uprising. Her parents informed Mahjoor how the forces’ personnel attacked their unarmed daughter, who was not part of any protests.

“She was not carrying stones or was not part of any protest. She was studying at home that time,” her parents told Mahjoor. Her mother wept and said they don’t need anything but “give her eyes back.”

“Insha told me ‘I want to move forward, do I have to compromise on my education’. I told her it is unfortunate but you should move ahead bravely,” Mahjoor said, adding, “Insha’s teeth have also got damaged and she has a scar on her head.”

Mahjoor, the former BBC broadcaster, termed Insha as a brave girl and said that her parents had come to terms with what happened to their daughter.

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