If she wasn’t raped, why was she killed? Even as the second autopsy of the 14-year-old girl who was found dead at a police station in Uttar Pradesh has ruled out rape, the crime branch of the crime investigation department (CB-CID) and a National Human Rights Commission team are trying to ascertain the motive behind the girl’s murder.
“The girl belongs to a poor family and was not carrying any jewellery or cash. Robbery can’t be a motive. The family said they had no animosity with the neighbours or the cops. Why, then, was the girl strangulated? The possibility of incidence of rape in the case is high,” said a member of the NHRC team, requesting anonymity.
The two-member NHRC team, comprising police officers PS Rao and Anil Sharma, on Tuesday visited Nighasan police station in Lakhimpur-Kheri district where the girl was found hanging on Friday.
Sunday’s autopsy confirmed the girl was murdered, overriding an earlier autopsy report that claimed the girl had committed suicide. However, both the autopsies ruled out rape.
The panel suspects the cops could have raped and killed her, and made it appear as suicide to mislead the investigators.
“When two postmortem reports are contradictory, there is a need for a third opinion to get a clearer picture,” the member said, calling for a third postmortem.
The CB-CID team also visited the Nighasan police station on Tuesday. “We are trying to find out if the culprits killed the girl after committing rape or after a botched rape attempt,” a member of the team said.
The room in which the girl was allegedly raped was found locked when divisional commissioner Prashant Trivedi visited the spot on Monday. A constable broke open the door in the presence of the officers.
“There was a bed in the corner of the room, which looked clean with no blood stain or any other incriminating evidence,” a police officer said.