Hyderabad: The death of 13-year-old Aradhana Samdariya has turned out be a tough case for cops with a high possibility that the probe might hit a roadblock. Investigators lack technical evidence like postmortem report and witnesses.
Since the body has been cremated, there is no scope for exhumation.
All that the investigators could get their hands on was the report of a doctor, who declared the girl was brought dead at the hospital. That won’t be sufficient for the police to proceed with charges of culpable homicide against the parents.
The investigation officials of Market police are under immense pressure from various quarters including the highly influential community given the case is a matter of religious practice.
A senior official from the North Zone police admitted that the case was a difficult one. “The girl was cremated soon after her death. We cannot establish the cause of death because there is no scope for exhumation. The doctor gave a medical report suggesting it was due to cardiac arrest. It indeed is difficult to go ahead with charges against the parents,” he said.
Investigation officer and Market police inspector, M. Mattaiah said the probe was progressing. “We have taken the statement of the parents. We have also sought legal opinion on various aspects,” he said.
Petitioner, Balala Hakkula Sangham, a child rights organisation, approached the commissioner of police requesting that the case be altered to murder from culpable homicide.
Police had booked a case against the parents for culpable homicide and under Section 75 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 for willful neglect of a child.