Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Isha

Posted by Stop Acid Attacks On Wednesday, April 10, 2013 No comments

Isha(23) and her three sisters Kamerjahan (26), Ayisha (25) and Sanam (20)were attacked with acid on 2nd April 2013. Two motorcycle-borne men threw acid on them when they were returning from Hindu Inter-Society College іn Kandhal after carrying out thеіr duty іn UP board exams. Isha’s family belongs to a small town in Muzaffarnagar. The preparator of this crime was Isha’s own brother in law, Babar Jang. During interrogation by police he disclosed that he had hired two persons for carrying out the attack. The main accused, Ayub Kureshi confessed to his crime and accepted that he was hired by Babar Jung for throwing acid on them. After receiving an amount of Rs 40,000 from him, Ayub threw acid on the four women and fled.

Among all four sisters Isha sustained the most grievous injures in the attack. After first aid at a local hospital she was rushed to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi in critical condition. She had sustained injuries (burns) on her face, neck and chest. The worst affected organ was her left eye. However doctors at the hospital were able to restore vision in her left eye after a successful surgery. She was discharged on 12th  April from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Though healing and recovering well after the attack, Isha confides that “time had stood still for me ever since the incident, I just remember intense heat and pain. I think I fell down and lost consciousness after the attack”. Isha has eight sisters and mother in her family. Survival have always been difficult for them as they don’t have father, this attack has changed things for worse. The attack has left the family emotionally, mentally and physically scarred for life. The family is happy with the progress that Isha has made, they want the men involved in the crime being convicted and punished.

The doctors said that Isha’s wounds are healing better and she may go for grafting after sometime.

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