Medical board recommends exhumation of bodies of Badaun rape victims
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Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014, 00:50
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The medical board looking after the case has recommended that the bodies of Badaun rape victims should be exhumed for fresh autopsy, as per reports on Thursday.

The bodies may be exhumed on July 20 subject to approval by local court, CBI sources said.

The alleged rape and murder of two cousins in Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh has rocked the political establishment in the state with the Akhilesh Yadav government being criticised for failing to provide adequate safety to women

The cousins, aged 14 and 15, went missing from their house on the night of May 27 and their bodies were found hanging from a tree in the village in Ushait area the next day.

Later, the CBI was handed over the case after it sparked a nationwide outrage.

Earlier too it was reported that the central agency would conduct fresh autopsy on the bodies as proper procedure may not have been followed while conducting the first post-mortem.

It was said that the post mortem was conducted at night, which is against the laid down procedures. Post mortem is not conducted after sunset except in an exceptional emergency cases.

One of the doctors who was on the panel that conducted post-mortem of the two cousins who were allegedly raped and murdered in Badaun had said that she had no prior experience of autopsy before this, PTI reported.

The post mortem of the girls was conducted by a panel of three doctors, including senior surgeon Awadhesh Kumar, physician Rajiv Gupta and Pushpa Lata Pant.

The CBI as part of its investigation carried out lie-detector test on the fathers of the two cousin sisters at Central Forensic Science Laboratory in CGO complex in New Delhi as they supposedly wanted to develop a flawless case.

Reports have suggested that the statements given by the family members have been inconsistent.

With Agency inputs

First Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 19:36

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