Asifa died due to strangulation, medical report reveals

Jammu: The medical report of 8-year-old Gujjar girl Asifa, who was raped and murdered in Kathua, has confirmed that she died due to strangulation. Her viscera report has confirmed that she had both the “internal and external” injuries on her private parts.

“The viscera report has been submitted and it has confirmed that Asifa was murdered 72 hours before the recovery of her body,” Rising Kashmir reported.

The minor Muslim girl was kidnapped on January 10 after which she was drugged and raped, while her mutilated body was found on January 17. Four men including two special police officers of Jammu and Kashmir police were arrested in the case.

The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch, which is probing the rape and murder case, has named an influential former bureaucrat, Sanji Ram – an ex-revenue official- as the mastermind of the inhuman crime but is yet to arrest him. He has gone underground after Crime Branch summoned him for his questioning regarding his role in Asifa’s case.

The Gujjar families say that the Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch has caved into protests and political pressure, and is therefore deliberately avoiding the arrest of the criminals.

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