Kolkata: When the city is ready to celebrate this festive mood, an heart warming incident came to the limelight. A brutal acid attack has blinded a girl. As artisans gave shape to the eyes of Durga’s idol on Mahalaya, the auspicious day that heralds the weeklong festival dedicated to the goddess, doctors told the girl’s family that the brutal acid attack has blinded the child.
A six-month-old girl in Kolkata fights for life and may lose her eyesight forever. If she survives vengeful relatives’ act of injecting acid into her eyes to settle scores in an old family feud.
Swapna Chakraborty was attacked on the night of September 3 at her home in Surya Sen Colony, South 24 Parganas district.The child’s father, Jayanta Chakraborty, filed a police complaint thereafter.
But officers at Sonarpur police station could not say whether any investigation was carried out or arrests made. Chakraborty, a 35-year-old jobless village priest surviving on alms, took Swapna to local hospitals where doctors could do little to save her eyes.
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 hospitals tried to save the child’s eyes, but the acid had done its work already. The right eye has damaged totally and the left eye is also infected badly. And she might need a miracle to survive.