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HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014

UP rape and murder victim’s identity in doubt

Rohit K Singh, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 24, 2014
First Published: 00:25 IST(24/7/2014) | Last Updated: 00:28 IST(24/7/2014)

The anomalies in the postmortem findings of the Mohanlalganj rape and murder victim, whose corpse was found naked in a school compound in Balsinghkheda village on July 17, could end up helping the accused during a trial, feel legal and police experts.

The six-doctor panel that had done the postmortem said that the victim had both kidneys intact, a finding rubbished by doctors of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute (SGPGIMS) at Lucknow, who claim to have on record that the woman had donated her left kidney to her husband three years ago on October 20, 2011. The husband died a few weeks after the transplant.

Family members of the victim also corroborated the hospital’s statement, and have demanded that the inquiry be handed over to the CBI.

“The postmortem report stating the presence of two kidneys will surely be disputed by the defence counsel as it is a major point favouring the accused,” says senior advocate IB Singh. He adds that the accused is likely to get the advantage if the police fails to provide corroborative evidence to prove the woman’s identity.

Another issue is of the victim’s age. While the postmortem report concluded that the woman was 25 years old, her school leaving certificate show her age to be 35.

However, according to a senior police official, that was not a major issue. It is the postmortem report that is important. “If the anomalies in the report are proved then it will help the accused,” he said.

On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav had asked the director general (medical health) and the director-general (medical education) to examine the videography of the postmortem and also check the records of SGPGIMS.

Timeline
July 16: Woman raped, murdered. Naked corpse left in a school compound.
July 17: Body found. Autopsy says death by 12 injuries to her body caused by a blunt object.
July 20: Police arrest Ram Sewak Yadav, a security guard, but say that woman died resisting rape.
July 23: Autopsy report disputed by a hospital and woman’s family members.


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