Mumbai

Teen death: post-mortem rules out sexual assault

Didn’t force her to get married: family

The LT Marg police on Monday said the post-mortem examination has ruled out sexual assault on the 14-year-old girl who was found dead in Kalbadevi last week.

Babita Ambaliya, a pavement dweller, had been missing since Friday and the police, in keeping with the procedure for missing minors, had filed a case of kidnapping against unknown persons. On Saturday, Babita was found dead in a public toilet in Dava Bazaar, and an Accidental Death Report was registered.

Her family had alleged that she had been sexually assaulted and murdered, and her death had been made to look like a suicide.

On Monday, senior police inspector Deepak Nikam, said, “The post-mortem report shows no signs of sexual assault. The investigation so far indicates the victim’s death to be a clear case of suicide.” Mr. Nikam said they have received information that the victim’s parents were pressuring her to get married. “We are still working on confirming these reports,” he said.

The family, however, denied these claims. “All reports of a forced marriage are false. We are sure her death was not a suicide,” Anjali, Babita’s sister, said.

Meanwhile, the police are scanning CCTV footage from the spot where Babita’s family stayed to the public toilet where her body was found. Residents of both areas are being questioned to find out if they can provide information on Babita’s whereabouts from Friday evening to Saturday.

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