Re-postmortem of Ayesha Meera’s body after 12 years

Ayesha Meera, a 19-year-old pharmacy student who was raped and murdered in 2007 in Vijaywada.

In the wake of the encounter of the Disha case accused, long-pending cases came to limelight now.

In this, one case of Ayesha Meera, a Pharmacy student of Vijaywada who was raped and brutally murdered in a private hostel came to limelight.

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The case has been investigating by the CBI, who reportedly decided to conduct re-postmortem of the body.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday exhumed her body for fresh autopsy.

A team of forensic experts from Delhi were conducting the autopsy at the graveyard in Tenali town of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.

The body was exhumed early Tuesday under the supervision of CBI official leading the probe into the sensational case, which saw many twists and turns.

The federal agency, which began the investigations last year on the direction of the High Court, hopes to gather some clues in the horrific crime, which had shocked then undivided Andhra Pradesh.

The victim’s family had alleged that the evidence was wiped out from the scene of the offence to shield the guilty. It claimed that a relative of the then minister and his friends were involved in the crime but innocents were arrested and sentenced.

Her body was found with multiple stab injuries in the bathroom on 27 December 2007. A note, by the murderer, was also found with the body stating that the girl was raped and murdered as she refuses his request for love.

In 2008, police had claimed that one Satyam Babu, arrested in a cell phone robbery case, confessed to Ayesha’s murder. The Mahila Court in Vijayawada, on September 10, 2010, convicted and sentenced Satyam Babu to life imprisonment.

In 2017, the Hyderabad High Court acquitted Satyam Babu, a Dalit youth. It also ordered action against the police officials who investigated the case.

Subsequently, the state government constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct a fresh probe. The High Court was supervising the probe by SIT, which found that all records relating to the case were destroyed by the trial court.

Expressing its unhappiness over the manner in which SIT conducted the probe, the court in November 2018 handed over the case to CBI. The agency was also directed to probe the destruction of records relating to the case. The CBI booked a case against some employees of the trial court.

Meanwhile, Ayesha’s mother Shamshad Begum appealed to Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to ensure that it becomes the first case to be tried under the Andhra Pradesh Disha Act.

The State Assembly on Friday passed a Bill, providing for the death penalty to rapists. It also fixed 21 days as the period to complete the investigation and trial.

Shamshad Begum, who supported police action in Disha case, told media persons on Saturday that over the last 12 years they lost confidence in the police and the entire system due to the manner in which the case was handled by them. She wondered why similar action is not taken in other cases to ensure speedy justice.

“Justice is delivered in selected cases. It is only for the rich and powerful while victims from ordinary and poor families like us are made to run from pillar to post,” she said.

“There was Nirbhaya Act and now there is Disha Act but why there was no Ayesha Act or Asifa Act,” she asked.

Disha Act is named after the victim of Hyderabad case while Nirbhaya Act was passed after the gang-rape and murder of a girl in Delhi in 2012.

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