Srinagar, December 23 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a half-blinded youngster in Sopore has not given up hope for life despite multiple surgeries on his eye pierced by pellets months after he was discharged from hospital.

The 21-year-old, Zakir Javaid Mir who was hit by the pellets fired by the Indian forces on September 2, 2016 said he has not received any help from any quarter except assurances and paperwork.

“It is painful to see my son in this condition. He is worse than a handicapped person,” said Zakir Mir’s mother, Bakhti Begum in a media interview.

Mir was hit at his village, Bomai, in the outskirts of Sopore town. Two surgeries have been performed on his right eye at the SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, but there is still no hope of his regaining vision.

Zakir was a class XII student before being hit by the pellets. He now helps his elder brother at a shop in the village.

“He was my lone son among the three who was studying but after he was hit by pellets everything has changed in his life,” his mother said.

Zakir said that on the fateful day there was a protest in Bomai village and he was watching it from a distance when the forces’ personnel deployed there began chasing away the protesting youth. “Suddenly I heard a strange sound and felt an abrupt pain in the right side of my body. I felt as if somebody had set me on fire and I fell unconscious. When I regained my senses, I found myself at the hospital in Sopore from where I was shifted to SMHS Hospital for further treatment,” he said.

Zakir’s mother said, “We take him at least twice a month to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar for a check-up but not in any hope of recovery, just for the medicines to control his pain.”

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