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Nothing wrong in Tonu’s 1st autopsy report, claims doctor
Dr Sharmin Sultana, a lecturer of the Forensic Department of Comilla Medical College Hospital who conducted the first autopsy on the body of Sohagi Jahan Tonu, has claimed that she did not provide any false information in the postmortem report.
She made the claim in reply to legal notices served on her and two other physicians.
Executive Director of Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) Advocate Salma Ali, on behalf of Tonu’s father Yaar Hossain, sent the notices to the three doctors on May 25 asking why legal action would not be taken against them for not getting any evidence of rape in the first autopsy and for making delay in revealing the second autopsy report.
The notices were sent to Comilla Medical College Principal Mohsin-uz-Zaman Chowdhury, Dr Kamoda Proshad Saha, head of the Forensic Department of the hospital, and Dr Sharmin Sultana.
Mohsin-uz-Zaman said they sent the replies in three separate envelops to the Agargaon office of BNWLA on Wednesday.
In the reply, Dr Sharmin Sultana said she conducted the autopsy on the body of Tonu following rules prevailing in all medical colleges of the country and scrutinised the inquest report properly.
She said sub-inspector Saiful Islam mentioned in the inquest report that the anal and vagina were seen normal. “I reviewed the inquest report and checked the injuries on the body of Tonu and prepared the autopsy report in a proper way,” Dr Sharmin said.
She said there were no sign of struggle and marks of violence, the vagina was healthy and no spermatozoa was seen in the microbiological test – High Vaginal Swab for detection of spermatozoa.
“I made the comment that no sign of forceful sexual intercourse before death was found after considering all aspects, including chemical analysis of inquest, histopathological examination of heart and autopsy findings,” the lecturer said, adding that she mentioned in the autopsy report that no definite opinion as to the cause of death could be given following the chemical analysis.
She also said the issue of differences in the two autopsies as mentioned in the legal notice is not right as the 2nd postmortem report is yet to be published.
In his reply, the principal said he is not involved in the autopsy, so he has no scope of giving any false report.
On the other hand, Dr KP Saha said Dr Sharmin Sultana conducted the 1st autopsy and he had no scope for giving any directive in this regard.
He also said the three-member medical board will prepare the 2nd autopsy report once it gets the DNA test from Criminal Investigation Department of police.
The body of Tonu, 19, a second year history student of Victoria College and a member of Victoria College Theatre, was recovered from Comilla’s Mynamati Cantonment area on the night of March 20.
Police suspected that she had been raped before the murder.
Tonu was buried at a grave at Mirzapur village in Muradnagar upazila on March 21.
Later, on March 29, Tonu’s body was exhumed for the second autopsy as the doctors didn’t find any evidence of rape in the first autopsy.