POONCH, Apr 17: Almost losing her left leg in shelling by Pakistani troops in Balakote village area of Mendhar in district Poonch about 18 months, hapless minor girl, Tahira still craves for a Government assistance.
Her family says, the Prime Minister has given slogan, `Beti Bachao, Beti Padao’, but this slogan seems to be a mere `Jumla’. Her mother said, during last one and half years, they have spent about Rs 14 lakhs on the treatment of the girl’s leg, but she could not be recovered. She remained in Govt Medical College , Jammu Hospital for seven months and then five months in Srinagar Hospital (SKIMS) but till today, not even a single penny as assistance has been provided by the DC Poonch, State Government or the Central Govt. Tahira is unable to walk and how would she complete her studies, she remarked.
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Tahira revealed that on October 17, 2017, she was taking meals in her kitchen at home when a shell fired by Pakistan Army exploded near her. She said her three sisters and one brother were also injured. The Army shifted them to nearby Army hospital and then they were referred to Jammu. While others recovered fast, due to multiple fractures and critical injuries in her leg she could not be recovered. She has almost lost her leg as she is unable to move even a step after so long.
Tahira said after incident, some political people visited them but nobody rendered any help. She said people of the area collected money for them and even her father has borrowed huge money from the relatives and people for her treatment but from Government side, no help has been accorded till date. Even from DC office/ Red Cross side, no assistance has been provided to the family. The Government claims have proved false for them. She said only Army Medical staff from the nearby Unit comes to her house for bandage and provides medical aid. Army has provided a great help to them, she maintained.