BIG PICTURE: Two years ago, a spurned teenager flung acid on six girls on their way back from school. Now, as the case draws to a close, The Indian Express travels to Gurdaspur and finds that the girls fight on. First up, the Class X Boards that start in less than a month.
At the Gurdaspur district court complex, a group of five young girls sit on the steps to the lawn in a tight knot, their guardians around them. The girls had arrived this morning from their village of Dharmabad in Dera Baba Nanak tehsil, about 40 km away, to hear their lawyer make the closing arguments in their case. Almost two years ago, on March 16, 2016, Prabhjot Kaur, Manpreet Kaur, Arshdeep Kaur, Asha Masih, Sukhmandeep Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur — friends and classmates at the Government Senior Secondary School in Singhpura village, barely a kilometre from their home — had been targeted in an acid attack as they returned home from school.
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