Kolkata is getting ready for grand celebrations of Durga Pooja festival in which female goddesses symbolising power, prosperity, and wisdom will be worshipped. However, at the same time, a 6-MONTH-OLD baby girl is fighting for her life after acid was injected into her eyes. Doctors have already told that only a miracle can save the baby now and even if she survives there is almost a negligible amount of chance that she will get her eyesight back.

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As thousands of sculptors carved beautiful eyes of Goddess Durga to mark the week-long celebrations of Navaratra, the girl’s family received the news that acid has blinded their child. The heinous crime was allegedly committed by her relatives who wanted to settle an old family dispute.

6 months old baby Swapna Chakraborty was attacked on the night of September 3 at her home in Surya Sen Colony, South 24 Parganas district, Hindustan Times reported.

The child’s father filed a complaint at the office of the district superintendent of police on September 15.But officers at Sonarpur police station refused to comment on whether any investigation was being carried out or arrests had been made.

When HT inquired Paresh Chandra Roy officer-in-charge of Sonarpur police station regarding the case he told, “I am conducting a raid right now and cannot talk“.The kid’s father is a jobless priest surviving on charity for their food. He took the baby to local hospitals where doctors weren’t able to do much for the baby.

She was then taken to SSKM hospital, West Bengal’s biggest state-run medical institution, and the National Medical College and Hospital (NMCH).Doctors in both the hospitals tried to save the child’s eyes, but the acid had already done the damage.

Hindustan Times quoted Dr. Bimalendu Saha, deputy superintendent at NMCH as saying, “The right eye was completely damaged and the left is severely infected. She may lose it too. The infection has spread to other parts of the head. It may lead to severe complication“.

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The child’s father has named 7 members of his family, including his mother Sabitri Chakraborty, as accused and conspirators. He has also alleged that his wife was also attacked with acid and assaulted.

We pray for the survival of baby and hope that she is able to recover from the deadly attack. We have always stood against acid attack strongly and we can’t even imagine the pain that the 6-month-old baby must be going through.

India has the highest incidence of acid attacks in the world. In wake of increasing acid attacks, the Supreme Court had in 2013 banned over-the-counter sale of acid at retail outlets and said only specific shops can do so that too after validating proper Id proofs. However, like the other rules and regulations in our country, this is also getting breached openly and strong acids can be easily bought at a cheap rate from most of the shops.

 

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