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Delhi: autopsy shows maid death due to 'torture'

PTI  New Delhi, November 09, 2013
First Published: 13:44 IST(9/11/2013) | Last Updated: 16:10 IST(9/11/2013)

A team of three doctors on Friday conducted postmortem on 35-year-old domestic help Rakhi, who was allegedly beaten to death by Uttar Pradesh BSP MP Dhananjay Singh’s wife Jagriti Singh at the couple’s South Avenue residence in Delhi.

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Senior police officials remained tight-lipped about the outcome of the autopsy, saying the final report will come in a couple of days, but sources involved in the investigation said the initial report suggested Rakhi died of the injuries on her body apparently caused by physical torture.

Her body had burn marks and injuries on the chest, stomach, arms and legs.

The police are also making efforts to determine the exact age of the juvenile domestic help, who is a victim and a complainant in the case.

A team has been sent to Varanasi to obtain the school and birth certificates of the boy to determine whether he is a minor, police said.

Another police team is camping in Kolkata to bust the human trafficking trail through which Rakhi and another maid Meena were brought to the MP's house from West Bengal.

Rakhi died allegedly of the torture inflicted on her by Jagriti, while Meena had been severely injured and is at present undergoing treatment at RML Hospital in New Delhi, police said.

Dhananjay and his wife Jagriti were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the murder of Rakhi and “merciless” torture of the minor domestic help with stick and rods.

Rakhi’s body, with several injury marks on her legs, chest and arms, was recovered from Singh's residence at South Avenue here on Monday evening.

The juvenile help had told police that Jagriti had been regularly beating the three domestic helps.

The domestic helps were allegedly tortured and beaten up with wooden sticks, iron rods, iron press and even metallic deer horns by the accused.


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