Newlywed who ‘died’ was likely cremated while she was still alive

A newly married woman was burned alive in a funeral pyre after doctors mistakenly thought she died from a lung infection, it has been claimed.

Rachna Sisodia, 24, was pronounced dead at Sharda hospital in Greater Noida, in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, on Feb. 25.

A day later, her husband, Devesh Chaudhary, 23, and some friends took her body and arranged a funeral pyre in Aligargh, where they began to cremate her.

But the woman was dragged off the funeral pyre midway through the funeral after someone present at the service claimed she was still alive.

A post-mortem report suggested she may have been alive at the time the fire was started.

It noted there were charred particles in her windpipe and lungs, suggesting she may have been breathing when she was being cremated.

Police spokesman Rajesh Pandey, who explained the doctors’ verdict, said: “This happens when someone is burnt alive. The particles go inside with the breath.

“If a person is dead, such particles cannot reach the lungs and the windpipe. So the doctors concluded that the woman was burnt alive on the pyre.”

Sisodia, who showed no signs of life, suffered burns over 70 percent of her body by the time she was pulled out.

Her family has accused her husband of organizing the cremation while she was alive, the Times of India reported.

Kailash Singh, Sisodia’s uncle, accused her husband of sexually assaulting and killing her after she went missing from her house in Bulandshahr on Dec. 13 last year.

Police have filed multiple cases against her husband and 11 others.

But doctors at the hospital who were treating Sisodia have supported the husband and have stood by their diagnosis.

According to the death summary given by the hospital, Sisodia passed away at 11:45 p.m. Feb. 25 following “cardio-respiratory arrest and acute respiratory distress syndrome.”

Dr. Pankaj Mishra, who conducted the post-mortem, said that since the body was 70 percent burned, he couldn’t say for sure if it was indeed Sisodia’s.

 

 

NY Post

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