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Brave Dadar victim doesn't need counselling: docs

"My daughter is strong and brave," said Veena Lapashiya, mother of Sonal, who sustained severe injuries on December 17 when Vijay Sangelkar, 35, stabbed her multiple times, mistaking her to be his estranged wife. Priyanka Vora reports.

mumbai Updated: Dec 24, 2012 02:24 IST
Priyanka Vora

"My daughter is strong and brave," said Veena Lapashiya, mother of Sonal, who sustained severe injuries on December 17 when Vijay Sangelkar, 35, stabbed her multiple times, mistaking her to be his estranged wife.

"She gave a tough fight," her mother said, adding that women should take a cue from her daughter about being brave. "This city has turned into Delhi."

The 25-year-old, who is studying for Company Secretary examinations, was discharged from Bombay hospital, Marine Lines, on Saturday evening. She is recuperating at her maternal uncle's home in the city.

On the day of the attack, Sonal had gone to Dadar to study in the library for her exams, which are scheduled on December 26. "Despite her injuries, she wants to appear for her final-year exam, but we have asked her to rest," Lapashiya said.

"Her friends and relatives visited her this morning. She is like she was before the attack, talking to friends on the phone and watching TV," said Lapashiya.

Sonal sustained deep injuries on her face and hand as she was attacked with a sickle. "She has fractured her left hand. In such cases, the victims are referred for psychological counselling, but we didn't feel the need for it in Sonal's case. We will assess her recovery when she comes for follow-ups," said a doctor who treated her, requesting anonymity.

Doctors said while Sonal's left hand would be in plaster for four to six weeks, her stitches have been removed.

"My daughter is very strong," Lapashiya said, talking about how Sonal told doctors at Sion hospital, where she was initially taken, that her brother is doctor at Bombay hospital and she wanted to be shifted there.

A team of plastic surgeons performed surgery on Sonal, and she spent two days in the intensive care unit.