Post-mortem of Badaun rape victims was my first, says doctor

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 said she had no prior experience of autopsy before this.

Badaun: 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, on Wednesday said she had no prior experience of autopsy before this.

The doctor`s statement assumes significance given that only yesterday CBI had decided to exhume the bodies of the two girls and conduct a fresh autopsy.

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.

Doctor Pant told reporters, "I had never done a post mortem before this case as it is done generally by male doctors. On that night, I got a phone call and was included in the panel. That day, I didn`t even knew that the case had been highlighted in the media."
On being asked that whether there was any pressure on her, she said, "It is about compliance of the order. When you get an order you have you have to comply with it. If it is not done, then explanation can be called. After all, it was night hours."

CBI yesterday decided to conduct a fresh autopsy by exhuming the bodies of the girls after it was discovered that established procedures were not followed while conducting the first autopsy.

Highly-placed sources in the agency had revealed that the first 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.
Doctor Pant welcomed the CBI decision to conduct a fresh autopsy and clarified that she was included in the earlier panel only by a verbal order.

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