13. The 23-year-old and 11 other people are facing charges after Rachna disappeared from their home in mid-December. Her uncle, Kailash Singh, claims she was reported missing Dec.
An autopsy found charred particles in Rachna’s windpipe and lungs, suggesting she was breathing while being cremated.
Rachna’s family alleged her husband intentionally tried to burn his wife while she was alive.
The 24-year-old woman, who doctors said had died of “cardiorespiratory arrest and acute respiratory distress syndrome,” showed no signs of life after being pulled out but more than 70% of her body had been burned.
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A day after being declared dead at Sharda Hospital in northern India, Rachna Sisodia’s body was taken to Aligarh to be cremated by her husband, Devesh Chaudhary. But after Rachna’s body was put onto the roaring pyre, a member of her family claimed she was still alive, so she was pulled out and checked.
A newly married Indian woman was likely still alive when she was put into her funeral pyre.
“If a person is dead, such particles cannot reach the lungs and the windpipe,” police spokesman Rajesh Pandey said, according to the U.K. Sun. “So, the doctors concluded that the woman was burnt alive on the pyre.”
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