JK Govt to Bear Treatment Expenses of Acid Attack Victim: Sham

KL Desk

Srinagar

A day after opposition PDP extended help to acid victim, Jammu and Kashmir government  on the instructions of the state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah  has decided to bear all expenses on the treatment of the Parraypora acid attack victim, who was on Friday  shifted to the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi.

Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Sham Lal Sharma said that on the instructions of the Chief Minister , all the expenses for treatment till complete recovery of the victim will be borne by the state government.

“I have already talked to the authorities at Appolo Hospital New Delhi and told them that the state government will bear all the expenses for treatment of the acid attack victim”, said Sharma.

He said the central government has also kept all options open for the state regarding services of expert doctors for the victim. They have offered full support in this regard, he added.

When asked why the government was now announcing the decision when the opposition PDP has already offered and communicated the assistance to the victim, he said, “Whether it is PDP or any other party, no one should politicize the issue. It is the job of state government to provide the victim assistance and we’re doing that”. It is an unfortunate incident and should be seen through a broader view, he added.

He said that the act is condemnable and the culprits of the offense will be brought to justice.

Sharma called upon parents, social activists and religious leaders to play a role in ensuring that such incidents don’t occur in the society.

Meanwhile, the acid attack victim teacher today flew to New Delhi where she was admitted at the Indraprashta Appolo Hospital for specialized treatment. The victim was accompanied by her mother and elder brother.

Pertinently, the victim was attacked with acid by a stalker in Srinagar’s uptown Parraypora locality on Wednesday. The police had arrested the accused—Reyaz Ahmad Nath son of Ghulam Rasool Nath of Chanapora along with his accomplice.

Police registered FIR under no 2/2013 at police station Saddar and booked Nath under various sections of RPC including 307 (attempt to murder), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 354 (Assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty).

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