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Post-mortem report rules out abnormalities

india Updated: Jun 28, 2011 23:44 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

The much awaited post-mortem report into the mysterious death of a seven-year-old girl who was found burnt alive at her residence in Anwarpur area of Pilkhuwa town in Ghaziabad on Saturday, has revealed the cause of death due to 90% ante-mortem flame burns and states no abnormalities detected over the victim's private parts.

The report was received as a part of an independent post-mortem ordered by UP police who had specifically asked for an opinion on the cause and time of incident and any possibilities of sexual assault.

A copy of the report, accessed by HT, states that "no foreign body, stains and injury seen in the perineal region." The hymen of the victim was stated as intact and nothing abnormal was detected (NAD) on the cervix, uterus, ovaries and other private parts. The doctors also preserved victim's vaginal swabs to bring out a clear opinion on sexual assault after further analysis.

"We ordered a post-mortem at Delhi to bring out clear facts. The report states that victim's private parts had no signs of any abnormalities. The report also says that there were no physical injuries other than burn-injuries over the body. The indications clearly suggest that she was not subjected to any physical or sexual assault," said Raghubir Lal, senior superintendent of police.

Even the report of Saraswati Institute of Medical Sciences, a private medical college, where the victim was rushed soon after the incident, only mentioned 80% superficial skin-deep burns in its report.

Meanwhile, speaking to HT from Pilkhuwa, victim's family members lashed out at certain reports which claimed rape and even the gangrape during the incident. "We never alleged any rape or gangrape during the incident. We don't know why people alleged such things on their own," said Bhram Pal, victim's elder uncle.

On Monday, victim's family had forwarded a written complaint at Pilkhuwa police station and did not allege any rape, gangrape or any other happening during the incident and even did not accuse any person responsible for the incident.

After Saturday's incident, police maintained that the girl poured kerosene and set herself afire after she was rebuked and slapped by her uncle Ravindra Kumar for throwing a stone at her elder cousin brother Debu, aged 9.

The SSP said Ravindra Kumar had been held for questioning into the incident, he would be booked for abetting suicide (section 306 of IPC).