Woman, 21, was burned alive on her own funeral pyre in India

04 March, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Rachna Sisoda is thought to have been burnt alive

A woman in India is believed to have been burned alive on a funeral pyre after doctors accidentally pronounced her dead.

Although Sisodia was declared dead on Sunday by doctors at a hospital in Noida, just outside Delhi, family members accused her husband of killing her. Doctors said she suffered from a lung infection.

An autopsy found charred particles in Rachna's windpipe and lungs, suggesting she was breathing while being cremated. The police, acting on the complaint of the victim's brother, had sent the 70 per cent burnt body for a post-mortem examination.

The corpse was more...

The newspaper states police arrived at the ceremony and pulled Sisodia from the flames, amid allegations from her family that her husband had deliberately attempted to murder her by burning her alive.

"This happens when someone is burnt alive", police superintendent Rajesh Pandey told media. If a person is dead, such particles can not reach the lungs and windpipe. The doctors contradicted the post-mortem report and insisted that the newly-wed woman died in the hospital before the body was handed over to the woman's husband.

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In another twist, the dead woman's uncle Kailash Singh has claimed that she was sexually assaulted and killed by her husband and ten others. "We kept her on oxygen and gave her antibiotics", Dr. Mehroz Alam, assistant professor, critical care department, said. Later, we got to know that she was living with Devesh. "We visited his village in Aligarh but failed to find her there as well".

Kailash Singh, Rachna's uncle, claimed her husband Chaudhary of sexually assaulting and killing her after she went missing from her house in Bulandshahr on December 13 a year ago.

Rachna Sisodia and her husband Devesh Chaudhary.

Meanwhile, the doctors who treated Sisodia on February 25 stand by their diagnosis, saying that there is no way for morticians to even confirm that it was Sisodia's body that they were autopsying, as 70 percent of the body was covered in third degree burns.

A death summary seen by the Times of India stated Sisodia had passed away following "cardiorespiratory arrest and acute respiratory distress syndrome".

Doctor Pankaj Mishra, who carried out the autopsy, says he can not be sure that the body he examined was Rachna's, due to the extent of the burns.

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