Suicide or murder? Court to decide on closed case of 12-year-old girl’s death

A month after police termed a 12-year-old girl’s death as suicide and closed the case,a city court on Monday instructed one of the doctors from the Department of Forensic Medicine and Technology in AIIMS to explain the autopsy report.

Written by Prawesh Lama | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2012 12:38 am

A month after police termed a 12-year-old girl’s death as suicide and closed the case,a city court on Monday instructed one of the doctors from the Department of Forensic Medicine and Technology in AIIMS to explain the autopsy report.

Hearing a petition from the girl’s family to reopen the case,the court said the doctors have to “shed light on the findings of the post-mortem examination report” and then it would decide next Monday whether an FIR should be registered or not.

Varnika Mishra,a Class VI student,was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her house in Dakshinpuri,Ambedkar Nagar,Southeast Delhi,on May 21.

Police conducted inquest proceedings,but closed the case a month ago claiming that no cognisable evidence suggesting foul play could be found.

Her family,however,insisted that she was murdered. “Police photographs,currently in the court’s custody,show that her feet were touching the ground. If that was the case,how could she have committed suicide? The main door of the house was open when the incident took place,” Ranjan Sharma,counsel for the family,told the court.

“Police have said the television was on when they entered the room and the volume was set at maximum. Moreover,one of the accused has been absconding since the incident,” he said.

Sharma said the neighbours also heard loud music from Varnika’s room,but their statements were not recorded. “The neighbours volunteered to reveal all this in court,” he said.

The family claimed that the water tap on the terrace was open too,making a loud gushing sound other than the noise from the TV.

“After reaching the house,policemen switched off the TV and closed the tap. Why would the young girl turn up the TV volume to maximum,keep a tap open and leave the house open if she wanted to commit suicide. These unanswered questions forced us to approach the court,” Sharma said.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Ajay Chaudhary said: “We are looking into the merits of the case. If the court says an FIR should be registered,we will definitely do it and start investigation immediately.”

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