Vol. XLIII No. 14 April 07, 2019
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CPI(M) Leader Visits Injured Kashmiri Student

ON August 8, Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) visited Insha, in the hospital in Delhi where the 14 year old Kashmiri girl student has been admitted since July 24. She was blinded by pellets fired straight at her by the armed security forces, deliberately aiming at her forehead, when she was looking down from the window of her two storeyed house in Sadow, Shopian. Her case is symbolic of the barbarous atrocities committed on Kashmiri youth by armed security forces. She has had to undergo two surgeries for serious injuries to her forehead and eyes. But till now there is no recovery of her sight. The doctors told the CPI(M) leader that the damage to both eyes is extensive and she is unlikely to recover her eyesight. However the director of the Institute assured that they would send her reports to international experts for a further consultation. The father of Insha, Mushtaq is a truck driver who himself was injured in a recent accident. He demanded justice for his daughter and punishment for those guilty. Brinda Karat stated that it is a national shame that not a single security personnel has been identified and punished for the cruelty of the excessive force used against young people. There is no accountability for the use of excessive force. She demanded that those responsible be punished and an end be put to the use of weapons which blind and maim as in the case of this innocent young girl, Insha.