Concern in Kashmir over police pellet guns
Willing Mushtaq, aged fourteen years, a resident of the south of Indian Kashmir,
and tremble in pain on a bed in the intensive care unit in a Srinagar hospital,
as her mother Raziya Begum sits by helplessly.
the girl’s face is completely swollen and distorted and doctors say her condition is critical.
Miss Mushtaq suffered by a barrage of “cells”.
small pieces of metal fragments that have been used against civilian demonstrators
by the Indian security forces since the unrest began after the death of a popular separatist activist Burhan Wani.
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“She was with other family members on the first floor of the house we have this evening,”
she said her father, Mushtaq Ahmad Malik told BBC radio.
“I had gone to the mosque to pray. She peeped out of the window
and the Central Reserve Police Force [CRPF man shot pellets in the face of a very short term.”
Both mushtaq eyes would have been severely damaged.
said Dr. Tariq al-Qurashi, head of ophthalmology at the hospital,
told the BBC that she would not regain her sight.
“We have received about 117 such cases,” he said, adding that while seven people were blind pellets,
and another 40 have gone out with the less serious eye injuries.