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Myth 16: A pregnant woman’s womb was ripped open and fetus was taken out

Posted on May 18, 2010 - Filed Under 12-Concocted Lies and Myths by the media | 49 Comments

Fact: Dr J S Kanoria who carried out the post mortem of the woman, Kausarbanu on 2 March 2002 found that her womb was intact, and that she had died of burns suffered in the riots.

Weekly India Today dated 5 April 2010 reports:

“Significantly, in March 2003, the SC had stalled the trial of nine Gujarat riot cases, thanks to the relentless campaign by the human rights activists seeking justice for the Muslim victims. The riot victims said they won’t get justice as long as the Gujarat Government had a role in the police probe and the subsequent trial. The SIT is reinvestigating the cases under the virtual supervision of the apex court, with even the judges and public prosecutors being selected under the SC’s monitoring.

As the SIT goes about its task, more and more evidence is surfacing that the human rights lobby had, in many cases, spun macabre stories of rape and brutal killings by tutoring witnesses before the SC. In the process, it might have played a significant role in misleading the SC to suit its political objectives against Modi and his government.

Last week, one of the most horrible examples of cruelty resurfaced once again as the trial of the Naroda Patiya case, where 94 persons were killed, began in the SC-monitored special court in Ahmedabad. Soon after the riots, the human rights activists and the Muslim witnesses had alleged that a pregnant woman Kausarbanu’s womb was ripped open by rioters and the foetus was flung out at the point of a sword. The gruesome incident was seen as the worst-possible example of medieval vandalism in the modern age.

Last week, eight years after the alleged incident, Dr J.S. Kanoria, who conducted the post-mortem on Kausarbanu’s body on March 2, 2002, denied that any such incident had ever happened. Instead, he told the court: “After the post-mortem, I found that her foetus was intact and that she had died of burns suffered during the riot.” Later Kanoria, 40, told INDIA TODAY, “I have told the court what I had already written in my post-mortem report eight years ago. The press should have checked the report before believing that her womb was ripped open. As far as I remember, I did her post-mortem at noon on March 2, 2002.”

A careful study of the three police complaints, claiming that Kausarbanu’s womb was ripped open by the rioters, shows several loopholes. While one complaint accuses Guddu Chara, one of the main accused in the Naroda Patiya case, of ripping open Kausarbanu’s womb, extracting her foetus and flinging it with a sword; another complaint accuses Babu Bajrangi, yet another accused in the case, of doing the act. A third complaint, on the other hand, does not name the accused but describes the alleged act.

Modi will also have reasons to smile at the affidavits filed by the Muslim witnesses in the SC in 2003 at the behest of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and Teesta Setalvad on the basis of which the trial in nine cases were stalled for six long years. The most glaring hole is in the affidavit of Nanumiya Malek, a key witness in the Naroda Gam case. In his affidavit before the SC filed on November 15, 2003, Malek stated that a newly married woman called Madina, who lost four of her relatives, including her husband in the riots, had been raped by the rioters.

Malek’s affidavit states: “I was witness to the crimes of murder and rape that took place on Madina and her family. I also saw seven people being burnt alive, including four orphans. I request the SC to keep the details of this rape victim confidential since she is alive and use it only for the purpose of trial and conviction of the rapists.” But on May 5, 2009, in his statement before the SIT, Malek said: “I had wrongly claimed that Madina had been raped. I made the charge because of Teesta Setalvad’s pressure. I kept on telling her not to include that charge in my affidavit, yet it was included.”

In her statement before the SIT on May 20, 2008, Madina, who has remarried now, said: “The charge made by Malek claiming that I was raped by a riotous mob is false. I wasn’t raped. When the riotous mob put my house on fire, I tried to run but was attacked by a rioter who injured me with a knife. Later I managed to merge in a Muslim crowd.”

There are six other affidavits filed by different Muslim witnesses on November 15, 2003, that wantonly allege rape in the Naroda Gam and Naroda Patiya riot cases without giving any details. Interestingly, all the affidavits have a uniform language: “Over 110 persons were not simply killed, but raped and mutilated as well, including young children. We urge the SC to stay the trials and transfer them to a neighbouring state and also order fresh investigation.” The affidavits state that they had been filed at the behest of Setalvad and in the presence of her co-activist Rais Khan.

If this wasn’t enough, other glaring attempts by human rights activists to tutor witnesses have come to the fore. For example, soon after the Gulberg massacre in which Ehsan Jafri was killed, nearly a dozen Muslim witnesses told the police that Jafri had fired in self-defence, killed a rioter and injured 14 others. They also said that this led the mob to resort to violence and attack Muslims in Gulberg with vengeance. But almost half of them who deposed before the special court have retracted from this statement.

The statement of Imtiaz Pathan in the Gulberg trial also raises eyebrows. He told the special court that before being killed, Jafri told him that Narendra Modi abused him (Jafri) on phone when he sought protection during a mob attack. Incidentally, there is no record available of Jafri having made any call to Modi. Pathan didn’t name Modi in the first police statement he made soon after the riots. Interestingly, he has also identified as many as 27 individual attackers from a mob of thousands of rioters.

When the SIT started taking statements of witnesses in the Gulberg Society case, around 20 witnesses came with typed statements. But the SIT objected to it, citing Section 161 of the CRPC, saying that the police must record the statement of a witness. So when the SIT forced the witnesses to give their statement during the interrogation, there was a vast difference between the ‘readymade typed’ statements and the oral evidence that the police had received earlier.

As a senior lawyer defending the accused puts it: “The witnesses under the influence of the human rights activists didn’t allow videotaping of their statements while they were being recorded. There is an obvious attempt on the part of activists to dictate not just the SIT, but also the courts.” Last week, INDIA TODAY quizzed Setalvad about the charge of tutoring the witnesses and creating false evidence before the courts in the 2002 Gujarat riot cases.

Her response: “I am under no obligation to respond to your questions.

 

Credibility Gap

Then
In his petition before the SC, Nanumiya Malek, a key witness in the Naroda Gam case, says that a married woman called Madina had been raped by rioters.
Now
Malek later told the SIT that Madina’s rape was an accusation put forth at the behest of Teesta Setalvad. Madina also denied the charge.
Then
For the past eight years, human rights activists and Naroda Patiya victims have alleged that the rioters ripped open the womb of the pregnant Kausarbanu.
Now
Dr J.S. Kanoria, who conducted a post-mortem on Kausarbanu’s body, says she died of burns during the riot and that her womb was intact.
Then
While reinvestigating the Gulberg case, the SIT comes across nearly 20 witnesses who came with their readymade, typed statements to which the SIT objects.
Now
The Muslim witnesses refuse to videotape their statements. The statements that are recorded by the SIT do not match the readymade statements.
Then
Imtiaz Pathan, a key witness in the Gulberg case, tells the special court that Ehsan Jafri was abused by Modi when Jafri called the latter seeking his help during the riots.
Now
The SIT has not been able to find any evidence or a record of Ehsan Jafri making a phone call to Narendra Modi.
Then
In their 2003 SC petition, Muslim witnesses accused the rioters of raping women. As a result, the trials of nine major cases were stalled for over six years.
Now
In their statements made before the SC-appointed SIT, the witnesses haven’t accused the rioters of raping women.

This full report can be read by clicking here.

Just that this weekly India Today does not seem to remember that it itself also reported the blatant lie on ‘pregnant woman’s womb being ripped open’ in its issue dated 18 March 2002. Its not merely this report. Even a newspaper as biased as The Times of India- which falsely reported that Narendra Modi had said “Every action has equal and opposite reaction” and did not even publish the Chief Minister’s letter denying having said any such thing reported thus:

“Doc’s testimony nails lie in Naroda Patia fetus story

AHMEDABAD: One of the most gory stories of the Naroda Patia massacre, of how a pregnant woman’s womb was ripped open and the fetus dangled on the tip of a sword by the mob, before she was killed, has been busted by a testimony given by a government doctor.

 After 95 persons were killed on February 28, 2002 at Naroda Patia, stories were doing rounds that the killers had cut open eight-month pregnant Kausar Bano Shaikh’s womb, pulled out the fetus and killed her.

 Dr J S Kanoria, who conducted post-mortem on the woman’s body on March 2 (2002), told the special court on Wednesday, supported by documents, that he found the fetus intact. He said he was posted at Nadiad but called to the Civil Hospital following the emergency when he conducted the autopsy on an unidentified body, which was later identified as Kausar Bano.

 Kanoria showed his post-mortem report to the court saying he found the fetus intact in the woman’s womb itself. The fetus weighed 2,500 g and was 45 cm long. He mentioned about burn injuries in his post-mortem note, but was quiet on whether there was any other injury on the body.

 In April last year, the Gujarat government argued before the SC on this case after SIT submitted a report in a sealed cover. The government’s claim was that SIT had refuted charges that Kausar Bano’s fetus was pulled out of her womb and killed by sword before her eyes by violent mob. Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi contended that such allegations levelled by an NGO were proved false by SIT report. (The Supreme Court-appointed SIT had already said in its report in April 2009 that there is no truth in the allegation that Kausar Bano’s womb was ripped open and foetus taken out. Note that this SIT was appointed by highly anti-Modi judges like Aftab Alam, Arijit Pasayat etc). Nearly a year later, the doctor, considered a neutral government witness, has deposed the same before the trial court.”

The link for the above report is:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Docs-testimony-nails-lie-in-Naroda-Patia-fetus-story/articleshow/5696161.cms

Perhaps the only other newspaper to even report Dr Kanoria’s statement in court was The Hindu. The Hindu too has lied and called the riots a ‘pogrom’, ‘genocide’ and ‘massacre’ of Muslims ever after the riots and published white lies on this subject on its edit page. But even it reported:

“Foetus was intact in Naroda-Patiya victim: doctor

Manas Dasgupta

 AHMEDABAD: The doctor who performed autopsy on the bodies of three victims of the Naroda-Patiya massacre during the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat has denied that the womb of a pregnant woman was slit open by the attackers.

 During cross-examination before special court judge Jyotsnaben Yagnik on Wednesday, Dr. J.S. Kanoria said he found the foetus in place in the womb of Kausarbanu Sheikh. As part of the post-mortem procedure, it was he who took the foetus out of the womb, the doctor said.

 It was widely alleged during the riots that the then State Bajrang Dal convener, Babu Bajrangi, had led a violent mob of activists, some of whom not only burnt alive local Muslims but also raped the pregnant woman, slit open her womb with a sharp-edged weapon and threw both the mother and the foetus into a fire.

 Dr. Kanoria admitted that he had found Kausarbanu’s body 100 per cent burnt. To a question by the public prosecutor, he did not rule out the possibility of her having been thrown alive into a fire by the attackers, resulting in her death, but disagreed with the claim that her womb was slit open.

 As a large number of bodies were arriving at the Ahmedabad civil hospital, Dr. Kanoria was specially summoned there from the Nadiad hospital and he conducted post-mortem on three bodies including that of a pregnant woman, who was later identified as Kausarbanu…”

The link for this report is:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/18/stories/2010031863801300.htm

   In the 2007 Tehelka sting operation also, Babu Bajrangi did not claim to slit open any womb. He was simply saying that “The FIR on me says that I cut open the womb, but I did not do so”. Tehelka lied that “Bajrangi ‘boasted’ slitting open the womb” which was blatant violation of law.

Even if he had said so in the sting operation, Tehelka should have checked if they are boastful lies or the truth. Since he was told that this is a private conversation between a man writing a book from the VHP point of view, he may have indulged in blatant empty lies, and so Tehelka should have cross-checked. Actually he did not even indulge in boastful lies here- he totally denied the crime.

Even in the judgment of Jyotsna Yagnik convicting Kodnani and Bajrangi on 29 August 2012, Jyotsna Yagnik’s judgment denied such an act. The Times of India reported:

 ”A decade later,the special court accepted that Kausarbanu was killed in the most ghastly manner by Bajrangi and his associates,but the story of bringing her fetus out and swirling it on tip of the sword is improbable and an exaggerated narration.


Designated judge Jyotsana Yagnik discussed in detail the possibility of such incident after evaluating testimonies of eyewitnesses,extra-judicial confession by Bajrangi and medical evidence.The judge concluded that both a 14-year-old witness Javed Shaikh and accused Bajrangi were not gynaecologists and they did not know anything about the possible situation when a nine-month pregnant womans belly was slit with a sword or a knife.


The court accepted evidence,though considered medical evidence quite diluted,and held that Kausarbanu was killed at the khancho near water tank,as described by witnesses and accused himself.However,The fetus could not be brought out,Kausarbanu died there along with fetus in her body,Kausharbanu and unborn child were burnt there, the order reads.


The court came to a conclusion that Bajrangi killed the woman,but the description was exaggerated.It must be understood that this is an observation of child of about 14-year-old then and that his perception to such ghastly occurrence would be little different then the adult man with all understanding, the court opined.


http://mobiletoi.timesofindia.com/mobile.aspx?article=yes&pageid=5&sectid=edid=&edlabel=TOIA&mydateHid=04-09-2012&pubname=Times+of+India+-+Ahmedabad&edname=&articleid=Ar00505&publabel=TOI

The tale of such concocted cooked up tales can go on and on and on. Because no one checked them- the activists and the stark liars went to unimaginable levels. Now it will need a great task to even list all their lies.

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49 Responses to “Myth 16: A pregnant woman’s womb was ripped open and fetus was taken out”

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  1. 30
    Australian Hindu AUSTRALIA Says:

    @ T Ahmad, what These people were talking in Tehelka videos were BOASTFUL LIES. They thought they are casually talking to a man writing a book from VHP point of view and indulged in BOASTFUL LIES. Read this chapter to know the truth http://www.gujaratriots.com/44/tehelka-lies/ of TEHELKA LIES.

  2. 29
    t.ahmed BELGIUM Says:

    the peoples who have doubt about gujrat riot.bust see the INTERVIEW OF BABU BAJRANGI. AND OTHERS IN TEHELKA.COM OR IN YOU TUBE.WHEN THE MURDERER THEMSELVES DESCRIBE THE WHOLE CARNAGE. THEN YOU DECIDE IT IS A MYTH OR TRUTH.

  3. 28
    chandu INDIA Says:

    there is some women’s panel report who is this panel, what authencity they have

  4. 27
    pradip Says:

    aj mey dekta hu ki muslim or kuch andhe hindu o ko gujarat riots mey muslim logo par bohot asu aara he ,mey unhe puchna chahata hu ki jab pichh lea yek hajar salo se hindu o ke beheno ki ejjat luti ja rahi thi tab tum kaha mar gaye they ,aj hindu jaga hey to bohat dard ho raha hey kya? jo hindu ese galat bolte hey o napunsak hey , mard to hisab chukta kar te hey ,or gujarat mey mere hindu bhai ne vahi kiya hey, bol chhatra pati shivaji maharaj ki jay

  5. 26
    ria Says:

    i dun kno who is responsible fr d riots..and it is so obvious..right nw aftr d riots every witness r changing d statements..may b its possible dat dey r under pressure n all..narendra modi may b responsible or may nt..m nt sure ..n who knows also wats d truth?..but i hav one question fr narendra modi…”u may b nt responsible fr d riots ..but sir…i hav one question..why u din go n did somthin to control d riots..?ppl wer burning..crying..wat they did?hindu muslim..does dat even make a difference ?m a hindu..bt m a human first..u r such a big politition..den y u dint do anythin wen d riots wer goin on..u cud hav sent police..army..doctors at d riots place..prgnant woman died..i dun kno by takin a her featus out or by burns..but..she died..d kid who s nt even born..died..dats wat matters..y did u allow d riots to occur..???and if its uncontrolable also..u cud hav taken d steps to stop it atleas.. army..police..somthing..i kno dat court gav u clean chit..i kno dat der r chances dat sm politition may did dis n named it on u..but CONTROLING THE RIOTS WAS IN YOUR HANDS…WHY U DINT DO THAT?”

  6. 25
    kadir Says:

    the one who did this will not get place in jannat but not also in dojakh there will be a new place that will be more horrible the same will be done with them i pray god that the one who did this should get the same punishment. And worst than that.

  7. 24
    kirtan INDIA Says:

    Deepak – have the guts to listen when someone answers.

    U first go back to school,learn some manners on how to talk to the MAJORITY of India and thn come post ur comments here.

  8. 23
    Dear INDIA Says:

    Dear Ramesh
    Every heart of Indian(mind it Indian not the wrong doings of Nehru and other congressmen like him) in this country need a leader like Great MODI to be the Head of state.
    Riots had happened in past in a more wrong manner then the Gujrat one.
    Congress and allied media (interested in the Rajaya sabha seats) always want that The Great Leader should not come to the Center. but let me tell you you debate in any of the universities across india, every body will refer Modi against any of the leader in Congress or in BJP even to be at highest post.

    Muslims bhai are being scapegoat by these congress leaders.

    Congress want to rip of the stomach of Mother India and pull out the young people who think of mother land out of this country and may be world(killing them) to fullfill their greed.
    their was a statement by one fo reader or editor on this site that even Ghandhi family and other good congressmen are being murdered by these people in AICC.
    Rahul infact has got a good sense of the country’s condition however he can’t tell in public because he has really have death threat from these people in congress.

    They are the biggest dalal in this democracy.

    statement of the Modi they say about, the newton,s law. what about the Janardan Diwedi saying those kind of words when the great Sudarshan told the truth.
    though all the indians know that this may be 99% or 100% truth. even congressmen around the India know that thats why they have not protested against it. only a few in need of electoral tickets shows interest in the Dwiwedi’s statement.

    I wish to see the Great Modi to be next PM of this mother land and show what he done to the Gujarat and do the same for the whole of India.

  9. 22
    Alim UNITED STATES Says:

    By Jyotsna Singh
    BBC correspondent in Delhi

    Muslim women were subjected to “unimaginable inhuman and barbaric” sexual violence during recent communal riots in the west Indian state of Gujarat, according to a woman’s panel that has visited the state.

    Many women suffered the worst forms of sexual violence, including gang-rape, says their report, “How has the Gujarat massacre affected minority women. The survivors speak”, released on Tuesday.

    The violence began when 58 passengers were killed when a train carrying Hindu activists was torched on 27 February. It led to one of the worst bouts of Hindu-Muslim violence in the state.

    The official death toll in last month’s riots has now risen to 778, although welfare groups put the figure at about 2000.

    ‘Complicity’

    Most of the rape victims were burnt alive, Tuesday’s report says.

    Many Muslim women were also left homeless

    The head of the team, Syeda Hameed, told a Delhi press conference that the impact of such violence on women has been physical, economic and psychological.

    The team – one of the first to visit Gujarat in the aftermath of the riots – says it found evidence of police complicity in perpetrating crime against women.

    They allege that the police refused to file complaints by the victims.

    The team also demanded the announcement of a special compensation package.

    The panel also demanded that a special tribunal be set up to ensure justice for victims.

    The report also said there was no evidence of any support from the state authorities in Gujarat to help women who had suffered attack.

    Special guards

    In parliament on Tuesday, junior Home Minister ID Swamy said the Gujarat Government had taken a pro-active role in supporting relief camps run by non-government organisations and that essential commodities were being supplied.

    Meanwhile, the Gujarat Government announced special security measures to ensure protection to nearly 200,000 students who will be taking exams from Thursday.

    Gujarat’s Education Minister Anandi Patel says special buses guarded by the police will be made available to help students travel in six riot-affected districts where exams have been postponed.

    Sporadic violence in Gujarat’s main city, Ahmedabad, has continued with another death in police firing during clashes between Hindus and Muslims late on Monday night.

    At least 11 areas of Ahmedabad district are still under curfew.

  10. 21
    Alim UNITED STATES Says:

    Hope the same happen to you james.. and people say what happen to you is fake..

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