Overdose of sedatives, forcibly given to an eight-year-old girl while she was being kept in captivity in Kathua in January this year, could have pushed her into a coma before she was killed, forensic medical experts have said.
As reported by PTI, the crime branch of the Jammu and Kashmir police, probing the brutal gang-rape and murder case of the eight-year-old girl, sent a sample of her viscera to a forensic laboratory earlier this month to examine the effect of “mannar” candies (or local cannabis) and Epitril 0.5 mg tablets, forcibly given to the girl by the accused.
According to the medical opinion received recently by the crime branch, the doctors said the tablet given to the eight-year-old girl could have pushed her into a state of shock or coma.
The crime branch decided to seek further medical opinion after it was claimed by the accused and their lawyers in the court, as well as on social media through their supporters, that it was impossible that the girl could not have cried for help when such an alleged brutal attack was happening on her, reported PTI.
The doctors, after examining the viscera, pointed out that the medicine forcibly given to the child contained Clonazepam salt and had to be given under medical supervision, keeping in mind the age and weight of the patient.
“Considering her 30-kg body weight, the therapeutic dose of 0.1 to 0.2 mgs per day divided into three doses for the patient (is recommended),” the medical expert said.
The peak concentration of Clonazepam is achieved in the blood after one hour to 90 minutes of oral administration and its absorption is complete, “irrespective of administered either with or without food”, according to the concluding opinion of the medical expert.
The opinion would be submitted before the district and sessions court in Punjab’s Pathankot, hearing the matter, after the summer break next week.
The trial of the case was shifted from Kathua in Jammu to Pathankot on the directions of the Supreme Court.
The doctors, however, could not give any laboratory analysis of ‘mannar’ candies and said “it is difficult to comment on the effect its co-administration with Clonazepam” would have.The eight-year-old girl from the Bakarwal nomadic community was allegedly kidnapped on January 10 by the nephew of the main accused, Sanji Ram, and later killed. Her body was recovered on January 17.