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2nd Autopsy of Tanu
Evidence of 'sexual intercourse'?
Our Correspondent
Published :Monday, 13 June, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 24

COMILLA, June 12: The second autopsy of Sohagi Jahan Tanu, a Comilla college student, has found evidence of 'sexual intercourse', doctors have said.
They, however, have failed to determine the cause of her death or whether she was raped, according to Dr Kamoda Prosad Saha, head of Comilla Medical College Hospital's forensic department who led the second autopsy.
"The body was highly decomposed so the cause of death could not be determined by circumstantial evidences and further investigation," Dr Saha said.
The three-member board of Comilla Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) submitted the autopsy report to the CID at the latter's office around 11:00am on Sunday, two and half months after conducting the second autopsy.
Forensic experts say the second autopsy failed to ascertain the cause of Tanu's death as it was conducted ten days after the murder.
"Since the autopsy was done ten days after the murder, no injury marks could be identified from the decomposed body," Dr Saha told a press briefing, advising police to conduct further investigation to determine the cause of death.
Tanu's first autopsy had also failed to explain the cause of death and ruled out rape, which upset the people demanding justice for the Comilla Government Victoria College student.
Her body was exhumed after a court ordered a second autopsy at the CMCH on March 30, four days before the first report was made public.
The CID later said their tests found DNA samples from several persons on Tanu's body, confirming rape before the murder inside the Comilla Cantonment on the night of March 20.
As CMCH doctors failed to release the second autopsy report within two months, the victim's father, Yaar Hossain, issued a legal notice, alleging intentional delays.
Following the CID findings, CMCH Forensic Department chief Dr Saha said their autopsy findings could be released only after getting the DNA report.
They also wanted examinations done on Tanu's teeth and saliva, but the CID said they had not prepared those reports. A Comilla court then ordered the CID to submit its full report to the autopsy team.
Nineteen-year old Tanu's body, with her head smashed, was discovered by her father in a bush near a culvert at the Comilla Cantonment's Alipur area on March 20. That evening, she had gone to tutor a student barely 300 yards away from her home.
Tanu's father, a low-paid staff of the cantonment, started a case soon after her murder but police are yet to arrest anyone.
Her murder had created nationwide outrage with many inclined to believe that a cover-up is on over the killing inside a heavily-guarded army base.
After the first autopsy report failed to explain the cause of death, Tanu's father asked, while speaking to the media, whether his daughter's smashed head meant nothing.
During the briefing, reporters asked the doctors to elaborate their finding of 'sexual intercourse.'
 The reply from Forensic Medicine Lecturer Dr Omar Faruk, who accompanied Dr Saha, apparently created further confusion.
 "Intercourse and rape are two different things. A sexual intercourse with your wife might amount to rape...Okay?"
 "Sir (Saha) said there has been sexual intercourse, that's the part you should consider. There has been sexual intercourse, that's the end of the story," Faruk said.  Police are, however, yet to comment on the contents of the report on the second autopsy.
 "Investigation officer Kazi Md Ibrahim will brief the media," CID Assistant Superintendent Kazi Mozammel Haque told the media after they received the report.
Earlier on May 16, CID after examining Tanu's clothes said in DNA tests, they have found evidence of rape.
The rest found presence of three spermatozoa of three males, exposing the flaws of the first autopsy report which could not determine the cause of her death and found no evidence of rape.

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