Post-mortem of Hathras gangrape victim confirms fracture in spine, strangulation

Post-mortem of Hathras gangrape victim confirms fracture in spine, strangulation

The post-mortem report of the 19-year-old Dalit girl from Hathras who was allegedly gang-raped by four upper-caste men and brutally assaulted has confirmed that she suffered a fracture in her spine and was also strangulated.

The post-mortem report has been prepared by Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital where she died early Tuesday morning, a day after she was referred from a hospital in Aligarh.

As per the post-mortem report, the Hathras gangrape victim suffered a fracture of "C6 cervical vertebra". Besides this, the report says there were "extravasations of blood along the fracture line" and the underlying spinal cord was "contused with ascending oedema".

Speaking about the strangulation attempts, the post-mortem report said the marks on the victim's neck are consistent with the allegations of attempted strangulation.

"The ligature mark over the neck is consistent with attempted strangulation but (it) did not contribute to death in this case," the report said.

In regards to the cause of death, the report said it will be confirmed by the chemical analysis report of the viscera.

The Safdarjung Hospital said the victims' viscera has been preserved and other vital samples have been handed over to the investigating officer.