When student Rachna Sisodia, 24, was pronounced dead on February 25th her official cause of death was a lung infection. Rachna’s husband Devesh Chaudhary, 23, collected her body, from the hospital in Greater Noida, in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, and drove for over two hours to a funeral pyre location. There he and some others began her cremation.
What happened next is the matter of conflicting reports. Some say the police arrived and pulled the body from the pyre; other reports claim it was a casual observer at the fire location who plucked Rachna’s remains from the burning woodpile. What everyone does agree on is that she was not actually dead.
A subsequent post mortem revealed the young student had ash and other particles in her lungs. A hospital spokesperson told the Hindustan Times:
“This happens when someone is burnt alive. The particles go inside with the breath. If a person is dead, such particles cannot reach the lungs and windpipe. So the doctors concluded that the woman was burnt alive on the pyre.”
The official cause of death is now listed as ‘shock from being burnt alive’. The hospital insists she was dead when her body was taken and husband Devesh Chaudhary claims he is being framed for her murder. There is no ongoing police investigation.
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