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Rumpa's death: No evidence of rape found, coroner says

  • Published at 01:22 pm December 14th, 2019
File photo of Rubaiyat Sharmin Rumpa Collected

Head of Forensic Department at Dhaka Medical College Dr Sohel Mahmud shared this with Dhaka Tribune

No evidence of rape has been found after autopsy of Stamford University Bangladesh student Rubaiyat Sharmin Rumpa, as confirmed by the coroner.

Dr Sohel Mahmud, head of Forensic Department at Dhaka Medical College (DMC), shared the news with Dhaka Tribune on Saturday.

"We collected some samples from Rumpa's body during autopsy and sent those to our laboratory for investigation, as we wanted to confirm whether she was raped or not before falling. In the report, we found no evidence of rape."

Sohel Mahmud said: "During the autopsy, we did not find any mark of physical injury that usually happens before rape. All these things have made it clear that she was not a victim of rape before death,” the coroner said.

Sohel said they will hand over the report to the investigation agency on Sunday.

Besides, he said: "Samples for a viscera test were also collected. We are now waiting for the reports."

On December 4, police recovered the body of Rumpa, 21, a second year student of English Department, from 68 Siddheswari Circular Road, behind Ayesha Complex in Dhaka.

The autopsy of the body was performed at DMC on December 5.

Sohel Mahmud then said: "The deceased sustained multiple fractures in her body which indicates she died after falling off a multistorey building."

Family members of Rumpa, daughter of police Inspector Rokan Uddin, claim she was murdered. They have demanded the arrest of the perpetrators.

Fellow students of Rumpa and teachers of the university also staged demonstrations, demanding justice over the murder.

'Case of suicide'

On December 7, Detective Branch (DB) of police detained Rumpa's former lover Abdur Rahman Saikat in connection with her death. 

On December 8, a Dhaka court placed Saikat on a four-day remand, after showing him arrested in the Rumpa murder case filed with Ramna police station on December 5. 

After the remand, DB police said Rumpa died by suicide.

Mahbub Hossain, joint commissioner of the DB police, told Dhaka Tribune: "After interrogating Saikat and visiting the crime spot, it seems to us that it was a case of suicide.

"We are looking into the matter to see if there was any provocation behind the incident,” he added.

However, DB's version of the incident is different from Rumpa's mother Nahida Akhter, as she claims her daughter could never commit suicide.

Saikat claims innocence

Claiming that he is innocent, Saikat said he had an affair with Rumpa upon his admission to the same university that continued for 2-3 months, but discontinued the relationship because of financial stress and mental breakdown after his father and uncle died. He also had to stop studying at the university.

Saikat later enrolled in Adamjee Cantonment College in Dhaka with financial assistance from his maternal uncle, who lives abroad.