Twenty-month-old Suraiya, who lost an eye after being hit by a bullet in her mother’s womb, is now losing vision in the other eye too.
She has been recommended regular treatment and checkups, but her family is unable to afford the treatment cost.
“Doctors at Bangladesh Eye Hospital in Dhaka prescribed regular medication for Suraiya. But I do not have the ability to continue her treatment due to financial crisis,” Suraiya’s father Bachchu Bhuiyan told the Dhaka Tribune.
She is also having other physical complications, Bachchu said, adding that Suraiya was unable to walk and speak though she should have been doing these at this age.
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He said that after the incident, the government, different organisations and individuals visited the house and extended financial support for the family.
“But no one comes to see us or asks about the wellbeing of Suraiya now,” the father said.
Eight-month pregnant Nazma had to undergo an emergency caesarean at a hospital after she was shot in the abdomen during a clash between two groups of ruling party supporters in Magura town on July 23, 2015.
Later, she was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on July 30.
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Suraiya was treated at DMCH’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 27 days before being discharged. But the doctors could not save her right eye.
A small trader named Momin Bhuiyan was killed in gunshots during the clash and injuries others sustained bullet injuries.
The clash took place between the supporters of two groups of Jubo League, the ruling party’s youth wing, over establishing supremacy in the area.
The incident created huge uproar across the country when the news of pregnant Nazma being hit by bullet reported in media.
All accused out on bail
Magura Additional District and Sessions Judge Syed Arafat Hossain on Tuesday framed charges against 17 ruling party leaders and activists for the death of a small trader, Momin Bhuiyan, and injuries to several others including Nazma during a clash between two groups in Doarpara area of the town on July 23, 2015.
The accused includes Sumon Sen, vice-president of the district unit Chhatra League.
The court rejected the discharge petitions filed by five accused and set May 8 to start the trial with the recording of prosecution witness statements.
Deceased Momin’s son Rubel filed the murder case three days after the clash against 16 people. Of the accused, one Azibur was killed in an alleged gunfight with the police.
The name of another accused was dropped and three new names were added when the police pressed charges against the 17 accused on November 30, 2015.
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Regarding the indictment order, Suraiya’s father said: “We are happy that the court framed charge against all the charge sheeted accused.
“But as all the accused have secured bail from the High Court we are feeling insecure and apprehend they may influence the witnesses of the case.”
Nazma demanded quick trial in the case and exemplary punishment for the culprits.
When contacted, Magura Additional Police Superintendent Tarikul Islam said that the police were always active to ensure security of Suriaya’s family and the witnesses of the case.
“There is no apprehension of influencing or intimidating the witnesses,” he added.