SRINAGAR: Iqra Sidiq, a B.Com 1st year student at Women’s College Nawakadal, who was grievously injured during student protests this week, is presently under treatment at SMHS hospital here. She is stable but shattered.
The family members of Iqra said that the incident has left deep mark of depression on her mind and heart. Presently, the doctors have advised her to talk less.
“She was not aware about the severity of injury she received. As the doctors began medical treatment, she asked them to complete it and requested for discharge,” said Muneer Ahmad, brother of Iqra, who is presently looking after her in neurosurgery ward.
“She was the part of a peaceful protest. A heavy stone was hurled at her that came from the bunker on the right side of the road where they (the students) were protesting on Monday. It hit her on the head,” he said.
According to Muneer, Iqra is depressed by her present health conditions. “She is shattered. Earlier, she used to be full of enthusiasm. She doesn’t like to be dependent. She is brave and courageous. However, presently she is worried,” he said.
He said the visit to her by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was a “routine” followed by them.
On Wednesday, April 19, the chief minister had visited Iqra at the hospital. On any help by the government, Muneer said, “CM had sympathetic words as they always have. The CM assured best medical treatment and also said that government would take all expenses of her treatment,” he said.
“People from all sections of the society including Hurriyat and some NGOs came and expressed sympathy. They offered help too,” he said.
“Iqra is stable and recovering fast,” said a doctor.
Iqra has four sisters and two brothers with Muneer being the eldest. He is a post graduate. Iqra’s father, the sole breadwinner for the family, is a coppersmith by profession.
Muneer said: “I was out of station when this incident took place. I was in Delhi. My parents did not inform me about it since they thought that I would get worried. I came to know through social media. I immediately took a flight to Srinagar.”
“Her dream is to excel in her life. I am her brother, her teacher and a mentor,” he said.
“Iqra has not formed any political opinion. However, she feels really bad about how the government forces used force against students. I have a message for people. Please pray for her immediate recovery,” he said.