A second post-mortem, conducted after protests by the woman’s family, revealed no traces of rape or murder, doctors who performed the autopsy said.

Protests after death of BPharm student in Sathya Sai district in Andhra Pradesh Protests after death of BPharm student in Sathya Sai district in Andhra Pradesh
news Controversy Saturday, May 07, 2022 - 13:19

The death of a Bachelor of Pharmacy student under mysterious circumstances triggered tension in Penukonda town in the new Satya Sai district of Andhra Pradesh on Friday, May 6, with her family alleging it to be a case of gang-rape and murder. A second post-mortem, however, revealed no traces of rape or murder, doctors of Penukonda hospital who performed the autopsy said. However, the vaginal swabs of the victim were sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for further examination to determine if she was sexually assaulted, they said.

The victim's body was found hanging on Thursday in a farm shed owned by her boyfriend Sadik Basha, according to the Dharmavaram sub-divisional police officer Ramakanth. "They were in love for the last three years. He called her on May 4 and took her to his farm shed. They had a chat for over two hours, after which he went out to bring food. Upon his return, Basha found her hanging dead," the SDPO said. The first post-mortem revealed that it was a case of suicide, he added.

However, after the victim's family suspected gang-rape and murder, a second autopsy was conducted on Friday. The family and relatives of the girl staged a demonstration outside the hospital in Penukonda, alleging that Basha killed her after deceiving her with the promise of marriage. Satya Sai district SP (Superintendent of Police) Rahul Dev Singh visited the hospital, where he faced the ire of the demonstrators, who alleged that the police were trying to divert the case by claiming it to be a suicide.

The local Telugu Desam Party (TDP) cadre also joined the protest. BJP state general secretary Vishnu Vardhan Reddy also demanded that Basha be arrested. On Friday, the victim’s family and others surrounded Basha’s house and tried to break in. 

Meanwhile, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her 20-year-old neighbour in the early hours of Friday in Anakapalle district. The accused allegedly dragged her to a secluded place when she came out of her house, along with her elder sister, to attend nature's call, police said.

The shocked elder sister ran into the house and alerted her parents, who searched for their girl child. They later found the girl bleeding and in an unconscious condition. She was rushed to the area hospital for treatment. "It was a case of aggravated sexual assault and we have nabbed the assailant. The girl is now stable," Anakapalle district SP Gowthami Sali told PTI. 

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