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Dalit woman not raped: UP Police; Safdarjung Hospital points to ‘multiple healed tears’

Lucknow: Two days after the 20-year old Dalit girl from Hathras passed away in a Delhi hospital, the UP police said the postmortem and forensic reports indicated that she wasn’t gangraped as had been alleged. The claim, riddled with holes according to some experts, was in line with what the opposition had warned the police and the state government would resort to after the administration cremated the girl forcibly in the night without informing the family, sparking a nationwide outrage.

“Delhi’s post-mortem report has stated the cause of death as injury in the neck (strangulation) and the trauma caused by it. At the same time, the forensic report has clearly stated that the samples collected (of the victim) did not contain any trace of sperm,” said additional director general (ADG) law and order in UP, Prashant Kumar. However, the postmortem report prepared by Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, a copy of which was seen by ET, mentioned “multiple old healed tears” in the victim’s private parts in its detailed examination, even as it concluded with “strangulation” as the cause of death. A forensic expert, who did not wish to be identified, said since the girl was assaulted on September 14 and the examination was done on September 29, it is possible that the tears were caused at the time of incident, thus signalling rape, and healed during the intervening period.

A September 22 medical report prepared by the hospital in Aligarh where the victim was admitted before Delhi, also mentioned “signs of use of force”, even as it reserved its opinion regarding “penetrative intercourse” based on the availability of the forensic report, which the police said denied the presence of sperm trace, thus denying rape. The police, however, has not revealed when the forensic test was conducted. The police said the nationwide outrage was a “mala fide campaign” by some to stoke caste-based conflict in the state and that such people would now be identified and punished.

“Therefore, it is clear now that some people tried to stoke caste-based conflict in an illegal way. In fact, the police has acted promptly since the very beginning. Now, we will identify those people who had wanted to disturb social harmony and cause caste-based violence in the state and who twisted facts in front of the media, despite the statements of the accountable officers,” Kumar said, adding that the special investigative team would also unveil the “evil designs” of the “vested interests”.

But even as Kumar stated that the police acted promptly, the superintendent of police of Hathras had on Saturday transferred the station house officer of Chandpa police station to the police lines for “failure to act promptly” in the case. Kumar told ET that one of the accused, Sandip, who was the first to get arrested under the charges of attempt to murder, will now be prosecuted under charges of murder. The police had, however, arrested four persons after it said that the victim had given a statement on September 22 that she was also gangraped.

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