There is outrage in Srinagar city over the acid attack on a girl that took place on Thursday. All sections of the society, particularly students, have expressed their condemnation for the act.
"The girl had a bright future ahead. Who gave anyone the right to take that away from her?" asked Hameeda Syed, a student, who joined many others during a protest.
The victim suffered serious burns after two unidentified men driving a car stopped outside the law college in Nowshehra area of Srinagar and threw acid on the first-year student's face. She was immediately shifted to hospital where doctors are treating her.
Police have issued a lookout notice for the two attackers who they said drove a white Maruti car with 'MANSA' written on the rear window shield. They said more details about the incident will be known when the victim is in a position to talk.
Misbah Mirza, a student of english literature in Kashmir University, asked people to be sensitive and not resort to victim-bashing.
"Whatever may have been the reason, no one has any right to destroy a person's life like this. I protest such an inhuman act," she said.
While many have called for capital punishment to the attackers, others have rejected the idea. "I don't think hanging someone is the solution. However, whatever may be the solution, it should act as a deterrent for others. The psyche needs to be changed," said Suhail Ahmad, another protestor.
Many said the sale of acid and all such hazardous liquids should be regulated to keep a check on attacks like these.
The protesters holding banners also urged the government to take care of the victim and bear all her medical expenses. "She should also be provided a job to secure her future," said Adnan Murtaza, a law student in Kashmir University.
The chief minister, other mainstream political parties and separatist leaders have also condemned the incident.