CONDUCTING 2ND AUTOPSY WOULD HAMPER THE DIGNITY THAT OF A DECEASED PERSON
16th January 2021
On 14th April 2020, a 19-year-old woman was admitted to Uluberia sub-divisional hospital. According to her father, his daughter was in an advanced state of 2 pregnancy. The hospital directed her to undergo the COVID-19 test at Sanjiban hospital. After the Sanjiban hospital was conducting the test, she was advised to return to Uluberia sub-divisional hospital, to which she did return.
Ultimately the results were negative. On the other hand, the reports filed by Uluberia hospital stated that she died on 20th April 2020 because of malnutrition and related complications. The media reports showed that she had delivered a child at the Sanjiban hospital. The court could not find any material facts in this regard.
While considering all the material facts, the court noticed that when the 19-year-old was admitted, she weighed 41 Kg and the post-mortem reports revealed that she weighed only 25 kg. It was unbelievable that the woman could have lost 16 kgs in a span of 4 days. The court has directed to conduct a second post-mortem on the woman’s body within 48 hours at R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital. The court has also directed to conduct a DNA test and collect DNA samples of the woman’s close relative for further verification.