The 28-year-old woman whose naked, half-eaten body was found off the Rohtak-Hisar bypass on February 4 was a Nepali citizen under treatment for depression in India, and had come to Rohtak two months ago to live with her elder sister.
Her sister said she visited often, and had last stayed in Rohtak for one and a half years, working as a domestic help.
The autopsy of the woman has identified the cause of death as damage to the brain along with the rupture of vagina, rectum and anus, and said that the injuries were caused before her death.
Doctors said the woman had been assaulted with a stone and a piece of asbestos sheet as long as 16 cm, and there were “visible signs of struggle” indicative of “rape by multiple persons”. The head injury was caused by a heavy blunt object.
A native of Nepal’s Vardia district, she is believed to have been killed on February 1, the same day as she went missing.
On Sunday, activists and residents of Rohtak blocked the Delhi-Rohtak highway protesting against police inaction and demanding that the accused be arrested and punished.
The caretaker of the fields in Bahu Akbarpur village where the woman’s body was found, 15 km from her sister’s house where she lived, informed the police. Both upper limbs of the woman were found chewed off.
The sister, who works as a domestic help, has been living in Rohtak for 20 years. She is married with two children. Her husband works at a factory nearby.
The victim was one among four siblings. Their parents live in Nepal where their father is a casual labourer.
The sister told The Indian Express that the victim went missing sometime on February 1 morning. “My 14-year-old son was at home studying while she was upstairs on the terrace. She had stomach ache and I told her to stay in the sun so that she would feel better. In the meantime, I left for work. Around 1.30 pm, my son called up and said she was not at home. We looked for her but there was no trace of her.”
According to her, the police ignored their requests for a probe and did nothing for three days.
“We went around asking neighbours. Our relative’s 12-year-old son told us he had seen her going towards the main road. He is too young, and not knowing she was under treatment, did not inform any one of us,” she said.
The victim’s brother, who has come down from Nepal, said she kept aloof and hardly talked to anyone. “In Nepal too she kept falling in and out of depression. Last year, we finally decided to get her regular treatment. A friend suggested a doctor in Nainital and since then she was on medication. I had purchased all her medicines when she told me she wanted to live with our sister for a while,” he said.