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Satinder Pal Singh, Hindustan Times
Patiala, October 02, 2012
Wails of two injured teenaged sisters - Gurpreet Kaur (15) and Jashandeep Kaur (13) who have been abandoned by their family at Government Rajindra Hospital, have touched the hospital staff, but have failed to move the administration, which seems to be least bothered about their plight.

Both are daughters of a truck driver Hoshiar Singh of Pilkhni village in Patiala district.

The girls' father Hoshiar Singh and mother Paramjeet Kaur and village sarpanch Jarnail Singh have washed their hands off the girls, who have been left at the mercy of the hospital staff, who are treating and feeding them by pooling money.

The plight of Gurpreet Kaur, who is a Class 10 drop out, can be imagined from the fact that her right leg had to be amputated due to spread of infection.

On Monday, deputy commissioner GK Singh had told HT that he would depute someone from the Red Cross to help the girls. However, nobody turned up till the filing of the report.

On Gandhi Jayanti, when local leaders were busy garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, nobody in the administration or the police bothered to check the condition of hapless girls. They have been left at the mercy of the hospital staff, who have been organising food for the injured girls.

The staff of the orthopaedic department has already spent Rs. 15,000 on the treatment of the girls. More money would be needed for their treatment in the days to come and there does not seem to be any good samaritans around.

Shambhu police station staff have not bothered to proceed in the case even though the accident took place in the jurisdiction of the said police station.

Senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh gill could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Patiala DIG LK Yadav said: "We will take cognisance and ensure timely justice".