Hathras Gang Rape Victim Strangled, Had Cervical Spine Injury: Autopsy

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 10/1/2020 4:04:52 PM

The autopsy report referred to "rape and strangulation" in her medical history and said she had suffered from cervical spinal injury.
The woman from Uttar Pradesh's Hathras who died days after being gang raped and tortured, was strangled and suffered cervical spine injury, her autopsy report has said. The "final diagnosis" does not mention rape.
The woman died of "injury to the cervical spine by indirect blunt trauma," says the report accessed from the Delhi hospital where the 20-year-old died on Tuesday. The report also mentions that the attackers tried to strangle her but says that did not contribute to her death.
The woman had been assaulted by four upper caste men from her village on September 14. She was found by her family in the fields, naked, bleeding, with multiple fractures and a gash in her tongue.
The autopsy report refers to "rape and strangulation" in her medical history and says she had suffered from cervical spinal injury.
The final diagnosis is: "Alleged post-strangulation with cervical spine injury with sepsis with cardiopulmonary arrest".
The injury to her neck had left her paralysed and struggling to breathe, according to her family.
The Uttar Pradesh police have said they are waiting for forensic reports of the woman's viscera to confirm rape. They also claimed the woman's tongue was cut because she bit it while her attackers were trying to strangle her.
In its death summary, the autopsy report says: "Poor prognosis and patient's condition was explained to the attendant (family). The condition of the patient deteriorated gradually despite adequate treatment."
She was given CPR and "despite all resuscitative efforts", declared dead at 8.55 am on Tuesday.
Outrage over the incident spiraled after the UP police took away the woman's body and cremated it near their village in the dead of night against her family's wishes, with her parents and brothers locked in their home.
The family had begged to be allowed to take her body and perform the last rites the next morning, but they could not even get a last glimpse before her cremation.


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