Delhi journalist Nirupama Pathak, suspected to have been a victim of honour killing, had sent an SMS to her boyfriend Priyabhanshu Ranjan on the day she died saying her family had locked her in a bathroom at their house, the boy’s father claimed on Sunday.
“My son had informed me on the day Nirupama died that he received an SMS from Nirupama that her mother, father and brother have bolted her inside a bathroom at their house,” Ranjan’s father Ramashankar Kanth, who is in Darbhanga, told PTI.
In New Delhi, forensic experts at AIIMS submitted a report of their findings on Nirupama’s post-mortem report to the police. Dr Sudhir Gupta, associate professor in the dept of forensics who examined the forensic report, said there was an inherent contradiction in the post-mortem report.
“The experts have given smothering, leading to asphyxiation, as cause of death, but the it also mentions ligation, which implies this could have been a death due to hanging.”
Dr Gupta has asked for further investigation or a detailed report to reach a definite conclusion, as the report at hand seems “inconclusive”.
The earlier post-mortem report had also said Nirupama was pregnant. A 10 to 12-week-old foetus was found during the autopsy.
Nirupama’s family had filed a case of rape and abetment to suicide against Priyabhanshu. But Kanth said Nirupama’s family was trying to implicate his son to save their skin.
“My son is innocent. He is no no way involved in the case,” Kanth said.
Nirupama and Ranjan were reportedly planning to get married but her parents did not approve of the match because he belonged to a lower caste.
The 22-year-old journalist, working for a business daily in Delhi, was found dead on April 29 in her parents’ house in Tilaya in Koderma district.
Nirupama’s mother, Subha Pathak, arrested last week in connection with the case, was released on parole for three days to attend the funeral.