A 20-year-old woman from Sonipat was gangraped, her face “smashed” with a “heavy, blunt weapon”, and murdered in Rohtak, police said on Saturday. The decomposed and mutilated body was found near the Industrial Model Township in Urban Estate, Rohtak, on May 11, two days after the woman went missing.
Dr S K Dhatterwal, head of the department of forensic medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak who conducted the post-mortem examination, said the “findings suggest that it was a brutal rape and murder”.
“The bones of the woman’s skull were shattered into pieces. The assailants would have used a heavy, blunt weapon to do that. In the stomach, there were findings suggesting congestion which indicates she may have been given some sedatives. That will be confirmed by chemical examination of the viscera samples,” said Dr Dhatterwal.
“There were tears on her private parts which suggest that the sexual assault was conducted in a violent manner. No sharp object was found inside the body. The injuries, however, suggest some sharp-edged objects may have been inserted in her private parts. We have taken swab samples. These will be sent to the forensic science laboratory to confirm rape,” he said.
While SP (City), Sonipat, Ashwin Shenvi said two persons, Sumit, 24, and Vikas, 28, have been arrested on charges of rape, murder and abduction, the woman’s family has alleged the involvement of five more persons.
“We have recorded the statement of the woman’s family members. They have given some more names. Our investigations are on,” said Shenvi.
“The body was mutilated and badly decomposed. At this stage, I cannot say whether it was a criminal act or some stray dogs mutilated the body,” said Shenvi. “We have arrested two men in the case. Both have confessed that they committed head injuries on the victim using a brick. We have got those injury marks checked. Medical examination has confirmed rape and head injuries on the victim. The body may have decomposed due to hot weather. The mutilation also appears to have been caused by stray dogs, but we are in the process of verifying this,” he said.
According to police sources, the woman, who worked in a pharmaceutical unit in Sonipat, went missing on May 9. “On May 11, a body was found in an open ground near Industrial Model Township (IMT), in Urban Estate, Rohtak. The head had been smashed with a brick or some blunt object,” said Shenvi.
Sources said the body was identified by the victim’s mother on the basis of her clothes. She told the police that Sumit had been harassing her daughter.
“He was putting pressure on her to marry him and used to threaten her. A week ago, he stopped her when she was returning from work. When she resisted, he threatened and abused her. She slapped him and ran home,” said the mother in her statement to the police.
Police said Sumit was caught from near the railway station in Sonipat on Thursday. During interrogation, he reportedly told the police that he went to the woman’s office in Sonipat on May 9, in a Santro car with Vikas. While Sumit has a private job, Vikas works as a car mechanic.
“They took her to Rohtak where they forced themselves on her. They hit her on the head, and kept hitting till she died. Then they both returned to Sonipat,” said a police officer. Based on Sumit’s statement, Vikas was arrested on Friday.
“My daughter got married in 2014, but soon got divorced because of marital discord… My son, who is two years elder to my daughter, is afraid to come home. The accused used to threaten him also,” said the victim’s father.
“They raped her and smashed her head… When I saw her body, it was in a very bad state. There was no head, her body was covered with ants,” he said.
With the victim’s family members alleging they are facing threats from relatives of the accused, police personnel have been deployed at their house.
Meanwhile, Dr Saroj Dahiya, another senior doctor in the department of forensic medicine at PGIMS, Rohtak, said: “I was the first to examine the body of the woman. No part was missing, her shirt was intact and the salwar she was wearing was also tied. It was torn at the thighs. It did not look like any sharp objects were inserted in her private parts. The body was putrified. Stray dogs had gnawed at the body”.
(With ENS inputs, Chandigarh)