Family of Christian Woman Found Dead in India Says She Was Raped and Murdered by Poisoning

A Christian woman murdered in India’s Punjab state was likely raped and injected with poison to make her death appear like a suicide, her family has said.

In August, the body of 20-year-old Jyoti William, who worked as a nursing assistant in a private hospital in Amritsar town, was found in her home with injury marks on her neck and feet, the India Tribune reported.

Police initially suspected it was a case of suicide after they found an empty bottle and a syringe near her bed. But they later registered her case as death by negligence against the owner of the house and two others.

In a statement to UCA News, William’s elder sister, Venus William, claimed her sister was raped and then injected with poison to kill her and make it look like a suicide. Her sister “had no reason to commit suicide. It was a case of rape and murder,” she said.

“Bloodstains were found on her leg, and one of her shoes was filled up with blood. There were injury marks on her left eye and neck, and swelling in other parts of the body,” Venus William added.

“Her private parts were also not properly covered, indicating that she was raped and killed. Her right hand had some cotton as if someone kept it there to prove that she had committed suicide by injecting poison,” Venus said.

“If she had injected poison and killed herself, how could there be so much blood and injuries? Why should clothes be removed from her private parts?” she asked.

The family and some Christian groups have petitioned the Punjab High Court to exhume William’s body for a second post-mortem examination.

“We believe a fresh post-mortem will be able to establish our charge,” said Minakshi Singh, general secretary of Unity in Christ, a forum of Protestant churches based in New Delhi.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett

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