UP acid attack: Victim's eyesight may be restored partially

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Acid Attack
New Delhi, April 5: One of the sisters who was a victim of an acid attack in Muzaffarnagar (UP) recently may lose her eyesight only partially.

Although doctors treating the victim at Ganga Ram Hospital were unsure if they could restore her vision on Thursday, they have now said that 'almost 50 per cent of the woman's vision is expected to be restored.'

However, only after a week, will they be able to confirm about the extent of vision which will be restored. The victim has already undergone one surgery and another one will be performed on Saturday.

According to reports, doctors have said that at present she is stable. In the first surgery that was performed the membrane of the placenta of a new born was transplanted over her eye. Doctors treating her say her condition is stable as of now.

The incident took place on April 2, when 4 sisters were on their way to school. Three of them work as teachers in school and one of them is a student. The incident happened when they were returning home from school. The victim whose condition is critical has been shifted to Delhi's Gangaram Hospital for treatment.

"We were coming back from work when two men came on a bike; they had their faces covered and attacked us with acid and ran away," one of the victims told journalists. However, police is yet to identify and arrest anyone in relation to the case.

According to latest anti-rape bill, person involved in acid attack has to serve life imprisonment in jail. However, human rights groups in India feel that the new changes in the anti-rape laws do not have the power to end rising numbers of acid attack on women. Statistics say in last decade the number of women attacked with acid has grown up hugely. New legislation has been passed following the gang rape of a student in Delhi in 2012 which has increased the punishment for acid attacks - but campaigners say the horrific nature of the crime means it needs its own specific legislation

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