A 24-year-old Indian woman’s family claims she was alive when she was cremated. The woman had been declared dead by the hospital.
Last week, Rachna Sisodia was rushed to the hospital. She’d been suffering from a fever, shivering, breathlessness and abdominal pain.
According to a Times of India press conference held on Thursday, Dr. Rahul Singh put Sisodia on oxygen support. Her condition was monitored carefully. But, on the night of February 25, her condition got worse, and she was no longer responding to treatment.
Dr. Singh told the press that CPR was performed on the patient at about 11 PM. However, there were no signs of life left for Sisodia. Somewhere around 11:45 PM, the young lady was pronounced dead. Her cause of death was listed by the hospital as acute respiratory distress syndrome.
NY Daily News reports what comes next:
According to the outlet, Sisodia’s husband Devesh Chaudhury took his wife’s body from the hospital around 3 a.m. Sunday and with some close friends headed to Sapera Bhanpur village for a cremation.
The funeral pyre started around 7 a.m., but was stopped because someone in the crowd believed Sisodia was still alive. Police were called to the pyre, but Chaudhury left when authorities arrived.
Officers pulled her body from the pyre, and a post-mortem examination revealed that there was ash in the woman’s lungs, suggesting that she was not dead when the cremation started.
“This happens when someone is burnt alive,” police superintendent Rajesh Pandey told media. “The particles go inside with the breath. If a person is dead, such particles cannot reach the lungs and the windpipe.”
Metro UK reported that before Sisodia died, her family reported her missing. They said she vanished from her home in December, and believe Chaudhury and his relatives had something to do with her disappearance.