Even as various organisations keep raising voice against atrocities on women and children, two teenaged girls have been abandoned by their family at the orthopaedic ward of the Government Rajindra Hospital here.
The two critically injured sisters, Gurpreet Kaur, 15, and Jashandeep Kaur, 13, victims of a road accident, are being treated by doctors of the orthopaedic department who have pooled in money for their surgery and medicines.
Daughters of a truck driver, Hoshiar Singh of Pilkheni village in Rajpura tehsil of the distrcit, the girls were admitted to a private hospital with multiple fractures from where they were referred to civil hospital, Rajpura, which further referred them to Rajindra Hospitial on September 27.
Their mother, Paramjeet Kaur, signed the consent form for surgery and vanished on September 28. She has not returned to the hospital since.
The plight of Gurpreet can be imagined by the fact that her right leg had to be amputated due to spread of infection.
The girls from their hospital bed on Monday told that they were going for shopping with a friend on his motorcycle when a truck hit them. The two cannot recall the following sequence of events.
The accident site is a short distance from Rajpura and a policeman from the Shambhu police station had brought the girls to the emergency at Rajindra hospital from where they were shifted to the orthopaedic ward.
The doctors and paramedics here pooled in more than Rs 15,000, which has already been spent on the girls' treatment.
One of the class-IV attendants in the ward told HT that he has been bringing food for the sisters.
Dr Manjit Singh, professor at the orthopaedic department, said the girls need at least a month to recover.
The district administration, including the district Red Cross society, has done little for the girls.
Deputy commissioner G K Singh, on Monday, said he was not aware of the accident and the sad plight of the girls, but assured that he would depute someone from the Red Cross to help them.