An autopsy on a student who was found hanged in her university dorm room in September has shown that she was raped and killed beforehand.
The Pakistani medical student, identified as Nimrita Kumari, was found dead on September 16 in her hostel room at the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University (SMBBMU) in the city of Larkana.
The final-year student was studying dentistry when tragedy struck in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh.
Police surgeon Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi told local media the victim was “murdered by strangulation after rape”.
He added that the “post-mortem opinion is clear”.
The autopsy report was issued on Wednesday by the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in Larkana.
Nimrita's death was reportedly caused by suffocation as there were clear signs of ligature having been used on her neck.
The report said: "The ligature marks also tally with the information. Such signs are produced by either strangulation or hanging and are to be ascertained through circumstantial evidence corroborated at the crime scene by state investigation authorities.”
According to local media, evidence of rape was discovered on the victim’s clothes and her body.
The findings support the claims of the victim’s brother Vishal, who maintained that his sister had been murdered because she was neither depressed or the kind of person who would end their own life.
Nimrita's death has sparked protests in the region and the local authorities have ordered a judicial inquiry into the murder.
The investigation is ongoing.