DESPITE DEEP burns on the right side of her face and arms, the 16-year-old Batala girl, who had acid thrown on her face on Wednesday, is looking forward to rejoining school as soon as possible, her mother, Gurjeet Kaur, said on Friday. The girl was shifted from the Batala hospital to Fortis hospital in Ludhiana on Thursday evening, where she is being kept in intensive care.
“The boy in question was following one of the five girls in the group and my daughter had scolded him because of which she was targeted the most. She stood up for her friend and became a victim. She is, however, brave enough and will rejoin school as soon as she is declared fit. She is ambitious and wants to be a teacher when she completes her studies,” Gurjeet Kaur said.
The 16-year-old was among the five school girls attacked with acid when they were returning home after writing exams on March 16. The remaining four girls are still admitted in the Batala civil hospital. Three men, including alleged the main accused Sajjan Masih, have been arrested. “Teachers of her school came today and told us that she had done well in all her papers. They promised to take personal care of her and told us not to stop sending her to school,” Gurjit Kaur said.
The family hails from Dharmavat village in Batala and the girls there walk to their senior secondary school which is in the next village of Singhpura. “There is only a primary school in our village, so she along with other village girls have to walk to study. Though she is in a shock after the incident, we will not stop her schooling and will make her study as much as she wants,” said Prem Singh, her elder brother. Family though was satisfied over the police action, is worried about her physical appearance because of the burn injuries.
The girl, meanwhile, has superficial to deep burns on her face, right arm and chest. Dr Nitin Sethi, the plastic surgeon treating her, said, “The girl’s condition is stable and we have done one dressing today. Another will be done on Monday and only after that, will we be able to assess as to how many reconstructive surgeries will have to be done. In any case, the scars will remain”.