Kashmir’s youngest pellet victim gets Rs 1 lakh relief


Deputy Commissioner Shopian Dr Owais Ahmed today provided a financial assistance of Rs 1lakh to Hiba Nisar D/O Nisar Ahmad resident of Kapran.

Eighteen-month-old Hiba Nisar, the youngest pellet victim in Kashmir. Hiba was hit by pellets on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at her home in Kapran village of Shopian.

According to the District Administration Shopian, the 18-month girl child’s eye got accidentally injured on 25th of November 2018 in a pellet-firing incident.

DC assured Hiba’s parents that Government would provide the baby girl with all kind of support possible for her early recovery.

Hiba is the youngest pellet victim from Kashmir. Hailing from a Shopian village, her mother told reporters that after the tear smoke filled her home, she opened the window to get fresh air and it was at that moment and then there was a sudden bang. My daughter was hit in the eye by a pellet fired towards our home.

Hiba was playing inside her house in Shopian when clashes broke out between protesters and government forces in the wake of an encounter where six militants were killed on Sunday, the infant’s mother Marsala Jan said.

“The encounter site is quite far from our house but clashes broke out in our neighbourhood,” she said.

Doctors at the SMHS Hospital said Hiba underwent surgery as she had suffered corneal perforation, an anomaly in the cornea resulting from damage to the corneal surface, due to the pellets.

“Like most cases, the kid will be able to see but there is no guarantee that her eyesight will be restored completely,” the doctor said.

The doctor said the treatment is a long drawn process and Hiba’s parents will have to take a lot of precautions to ensure that she does not get any complications.

Human rights activists have approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and asked it to take cognisance of Hiba’s injury and sought an independent investigation into the incident and action against the personnel involved in the firing of pellets.

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