When pellets thwarted Shabroza’s dream of being first matriculate in family

Srinagar, June 03, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, life came to a standstill for 17-year-old, Shabroza Mir after pellets and an empty cartridge fired by forces last year hit her eyes.

Being not able to take her class 10 examination has pained her the most because she would have been the first matriculate in her family. Shabroza had been preparing for the examination when the tragedy struck.

“On the first day of the exams my second vision corrective surgery was scheduled. I insisted for participating in the exams but my parents told me I can sit for exams next time but surgery can’t wait,” she said in a media interview.

Shabroza no longer goes to school and she is unable to perform any domestic chores or participate in the farming activities of her family. Her daily activity is now limited to four walls of her home, taking care of her little nephews. Occasionally, she washes dishes.

She was injured on October 31 last year, when the forces, while chasing a group of protesters, fired pellets which perforated her left eye. The other eye was hit by an empty cartridge, causing blunt trauma to it.

Though she has undergone multiple surgeries, there has been no improvement in her vision so far. “I cannot go out on my own. I need someone to help me walk around,” she said.

She said, “I was very excited about being the first girl in our family to sit in class 10 exams.” Her father and two brothers are all into farming with no other source of income. Shabroza wanted to study and get a government job someday. However, she hasn’t given up hope. “I will prepare for the exams after the next surgery this month,” she said.

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