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Dubai: The final post mortem report of Pakistani Hindu medical student Nimrita Kumari, has  shocked the public.

According to the latest report issued by the Chandka medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Wednesday, Nimrita was sexually abused before she was murdered in her hostel room.

Nimrita Kumari — a BDS final-year student at Bibi Aseefa Dental College (BADC) was found dead in her hostel room in Larkana city in Sindh Province of Pakistan on September 16. The report says that she was sexually assaulted before her death and died due to asphyxiation.

Police Surgeon Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi said, that according to the final post-mortem report, the Larkana student was “murdered by strangulation after rape”, reported Dawn news.

Police Surgeon Dr Abbasi, quoting an observation in the report, said that it is yet to be ascertained through circumstantial evidence whether Nimrita was strangulated or hanged.

He said that the post-mortem report noted that the wound marks on the victim’s neck were “narrower in width”, which he said, clearly showed that that the wound wasn’t caused by a dupatta [shawl or scarf]; instead, it was caused by a “rope-like thing or material”.

“Final post-mortem report didn’t establish [the] initial theory of suicide,” Dr Abbasi said.

Judicial inquiry led to new details

Kumari’s death and subsequent forensic report declaring her death as suicide, sparked anger among people, especially her family members who refused to accept the post-mortem report calling for a judicial inquiry.

Following protest, a court ordered a judicial inquiry and another post mortem by a team of forensic experts.

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According to the new post-mortem report: “The constriction of the neck from outside by ligating material (narrower in width as self-explaining from ligature mark present on the neck to be compared to the recovered ligature with configuration of ligature mark-advised) has caused the death of deceased by producing asphyxial signs.”

“These signs are produced either from strangulation or hanging, to be ascertained on circumstantial evidence as (corroborative) i.e. that is at the scene of crime/others by state investigating authorities,” it read.

DNA evidence points to rape

Dr Abbasi added that the male DNA had confirmed that she was raped. He said that a high-level forensic experts board from all over Sindh may be constituted to rectify some of the flaws in the post-mortem and crime scene investigation.

A DNA test confirmed the presence of male DNA profile indicated from semen residue on the deceased’s clothes whereas a vaginal swab tested positive for a forced sexual act.

The latest autopsy report has proved the claim of Dr Vishal, the deceased’s brother, who insisted that his sister had been killed as she was neither depressed nor the sort who would end her own life.

The initial post-mortem report also confirmed there were no indication or marks of torture on her body, Professor Dholia added, noting further that samples from Kumari’s body were sent to labs in Karachi and Larkana.

Police have already arrested two students on suspicion in the alleged murder case of Kumari, a BDS student.

The murder probe which is being supervised by the Larkana District & Sessions Judge on the directives of Sindh High Court (SHC) is still underway