Thursday, January 27, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Second autopsy confirms teenage dalit girl was raped, strangled

Second autopsy confirms teenage dalit girl was raped, strangled
TNN, Jan 28, 2011, 04.00am IST

LUCKNOW: The 17-year-old dalit girl who was found murdered in Chinat
on Tuesday night was raped and strangulated. This was confirmed in the
second postmortem report of the victim. The report put to rest the
confusion created by the first postmortem which had failed to
establish the cause of death.

The Chinhat police claimed having solved the case with the arrest of
four accused on Thursday. The accused have confessed their crime, the
police said.

The four accused were identified as Rajkumar and Ashok Yadav of
Malhaur, Arjun Yadav of Chinhat and Santosh Pasi of Bada Bharwara.
Rajkumar is a relative of Aarti from her maternal side. Arjun, police
said, used frequently visit Aarti's house.

The police, since the beginning of the probe, believed that the
victim, Aarti, was raped and then killed. The cops even had some
clinching evidence to support this view.

Since Aarti's body was buried and not burnt, the police decided to get
a second postmortem done by a new medical board. On Thursday, a
four-member medical board, which did the second autopsy, confirmed
that Aarti was raped and strangled.

Aarti, daughter of Ram Chander, a resident of Malhaur was found
murdered near a brick kiln in Chinhat on Tuesday night. The only girl
among four siblings, Aarti had left her house in the afternoon to
attend sewing classes in Chinhat.

On Tuesday evening, when Aarti was returning from sewing classes,
Rajkumar intercepted her and forcibly took her to a house, where he
along with Arjun raped her. The other two accused, Ashok and Santosh,
were also present in the house, SP (rural) Ashok Prasad said.

Unable to silence her voice of resistance, the four accused
strangulated Aarti with her dupatta and threw her naked body near a
brick kiln.

Since the incident pertained to a dalit girl, it drew immediate
political reactions. The chairman of National Commission for Scheduled
Castes PL Punia visited the victim's house after the incident was
reported and enquired about the case. Not remaining behind, state
urban development minister Nakul Dubey too rushed to the victim's
house. The All Indian Democratic Women Association too demanded a fair
probe into the incident.

Even when the police were facing the political heat in the matter, the
first postmortem done by Dr RK Saxena of Balrampur Hospital created
confusion. After the second autopsy report, Dr Saxena was suspended
while the Chinhat police have booked him for dereliction of duty,
Inspector Girija Shanker Tripathi told TOI.

However, it remains to be seen how political parties, who were trying
to draw a political mileage in the case, will react now that the truth
is out.

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