Three days after a Noida-based woman was allegedly burnt to death on a funeral pyre in Aligarh, doctors of Sharda Hospital, in a press conference on Thursday, insisted that the woman had died almost eight hours before her body was cremated.
On Monday morning, around 8am, Aligarh police had recovered the body of the 24-year-old woman, while it was allegedly being cremated by her husband.The police, acting on the complaint of the victim’s brother, had sent the body, which was 70% burnt, for a post-mortem examination.
The post-mortem report revealed that the victim had died due to ‘shock of burning’ and her windpipe was choked with soot.
The victim was admitted to Sharda Hospital in Greater Noida on the morning of February 23, with high fever and breathing problems. At 11.45pm on Sunday night, doctors declared that she died due to multiple organ failure.
“There was no laxity on the part of the doctors of the hospital. We reconfirm that the patient had died due to acute respiratory distress syndrome and multiple organ failure,” Dr Rahul Singh, an assistant professor in anaesthesia and critical care, said.
After the post-mortem report was released, an FIR was registered by the police against the woman’s husband and members of his village in Aligarh, based on a complaint by the woman’s family. They alleged that the woman was abducted and raped.
The duo had allegedly eloped in December 2016, sparking tension between the two families.
Questions were also raised against the medical staff of Sharda Hospital, who had declared her dead. Contradicting the post-mortem report, Sharda Hospital doctors insisted that the woman died in the hospital before they handed over the body to the woman’s husband.
“The woman was brought to us with issues such as difficulty in breathing, vomiting and high fever. Her lungs were not functioning and there was a severe deficiency of oxygen in her body. We then shifted her to the Intensive Care Unit on the evening of February 23. We kept her on oxygen and gave her antibiotics,” Dr Mehroz Alam, assistant professor, critical care department, said.
Doctors also said that the woman’s husband was given constant updates on the developments and deteriorating health condition of the patient. “She was under our observation since February 23 and we gave her heavy antibiotics since the infection had spread to her lungs. We kept her husband informed about the developments and all procedures were done with his consent,” Dr Singh said.
“On the night of February 26, we carried out CPR as we couldn’t feel her pulse despite heavy medication. At 11.45pm, we declared her dead after trying all methods,” Dr Singh said.
Doctors also denied that the patient was sedated or heavily drugged.“We just gave her antibiotics. She was not sedated with any other pill,” said Dr Singh.