The autopsy report of 19-year-old Meenakshi — who was stabbed to death allegedly by her neighbours on July 16 in Anand Parbat— revealed only four stab injuries on her lower body and thigh, and not 32 knife wounds as was claimed earlier. Sources said four other incision wounds or cuts were found on her right forearm, lower arm above the wrist, one side of the face and one above her left shoulder bone.
The autopsy was conducted by a panel of doctors at Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC). Sources said the four stab wounds were deep and had passed through the skin, sub-cutaneous tissue, muscles and soft tissue.
A senior doctor on the panel said, “There were eight injuries, including the four stab wounds, which have been marked and described in the report. No other external injuries were identified.”
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In a radio advertisement broadcast earlier this month, the Delhi government had said Meenakshi was stabbed 32 times. “A few days ago, a girl was stabbed 32 times in broad daylight… She was eve-teased. I went to meet her family. I met the people in the area too. They said they are afraid. The Delhi Police cannot be seen in the field. Law and order situation has deteriorated,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said in the ad.
Meanwhile, a Delhi-based advocate, Subodh Jain, has lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police, seeking action against Kejriwal for spreading fear and panic among citizens by providing false information about the incident through the advertisement.
The complaint was made days after the Delhi Police — citing the autopsy report — claimed that Meenakshi received four deep stab wounds and was not stabbed 32 times.
Jain filed his complaint at Jyoti Nagar police station in Northeast Delhi. “Out of the four stab wounds, three were on her buttocks and one was on her upper left thigh. Meenakshi’s body also bore four more incisions or slashes — on the left side of the face, the neck, and both forearms,” the complaint stated.
Delhi government spokesperson Arunoday Prakash said, “The Chief Minister referred to media reports in the advertisement. However, the number of stab injuries do not matter. At the end of the day, a woman has died and the Delhi Police did nothing to prevent it”.
Jain also stated that on Monday, Joint Commissioner of Police (Central) S K Gautam had released police control room (PCR) data and disclosed that a total of 69 calls were made to the PCR in the last seven years — including two complaints each by the accused in the recent murder case and the victim’s family against each other.
Reportedly, JCP Gautam had appealed to the public to not pay any heed to the “misleading advertisements”.
“It was wrongly advertised that the deceased was stabbed 32 times. The autopsy report revealed that she was stabbed only eight times,” Gautam said.
Countering the police, Meenakshi’s mother Usha said she had seen multiple wounds on her daughter’s body. When asked about the autopsy report, Usha said, “There were several injuries on her thighs, hands, back and stomach. The accused also stabbed her near her private parts. I saw it myself. How can there be only eight stab wounds?”