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Sonipat woman was drugged before gang-rape, says post-mortem report

Monday May 15, 2017 8:35 PM, & Agencies

Sonipat Gang Rape

The 23-year-old Dalit woman of Sonipat near Rohtak, who was gang-raped and her head smashed with bricks, was drugged, sharp-edged objects inserted into her private parts and her skull bones were shattered into pieces, the autopsy report released on Monday said.

"The findings suggest that it was a brutal rape and murder,” Dr. SK Dhattarwal, Head of PGIMS Forensic Medicine Department, Rohtak, who conducted the post-mortem of the victin said.

The woman, a labourer, was taken by the men – at least one of whom knew her – by car from near her home in Sonipat to the nearby city of Rohtak, where they raped her, Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashwin Shenvi told Reuters.

“When she said to them she would complain, they hammered her skull in with bricks,” he said. “The way that they brutalised her is horrific.”

The body was found in an open field on Thursday.

The mother of the victim had previously registered a complaint against one of the accused for pressuring her daughter into marrying him, but the disagreement was settled between the two parties, Shenvi said.

The family of the victim also alleged that their plea to police for help prior to the killing went unheeded.

Earlier, a passerby had noticed the body of the victim in the Urban Estate area of Rohtak on Thursday. Stray dogs had bitten off the face and lower portion of her body, police officials said.

Police have arrested two men for rape and murder in Sonipat town, and six more were being investigated after the victim’s mother accused them of involvement.

The horrifying crime, which occurred just days after the Supreme Court held that the culprits in the 16 December 2012 gang-rape case will hang, prompted Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to assert that the issue of women’s safety needs to be revisited.

“This savage and bone-chilling incident has shocked the conscience of the nation, reminding each one of us about the crying need for revisiting the important issue of women’s safety and security,” Gandhi said in a statement.

Haryana, the state where the incident took place, is ruled by the BJP.



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