The medical college submitted the post-mortem report on Wednesday, six days after the murder. According to the report, the victim sustained 38 injuries, apart from being smothered and strangulated. A sharp object was used to attack her genitals.
While the High Court had, in the aftermath of the Kollam accident, banned use of noisy crackers at night, on Thursday the court gave conditional permissions to the organisers — Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples.
Officials at every level recommended denial of permission to the Puttingal temple for the fireworks show. The powerful temple administration simply ignored the order, helped along by local politicians with an eye on elections.
The incident took place at the 500-year-old Devi Temple at Puttingal of Paravur municipality in Kollam, located around 70 km from the state capital, where a fireworks show is part of the annual festival. The toll is likely to go up as at least two dozen victims are critically injured.
Officials say the girl continued to attend classes through the two months that she was reportedly blackmailed and raped, and even took her Class X examinations. She has said she hopes to continue her studies, according to counsellors at the rescue home.