In a shocking twist to the Jiah Khan suicide, a British forensic expert Jason Payne-James has stated in his report that Jiah Khan’s hanging was staged. He even added that the marks on her face and neck further prove that it was not a suicide. Jiah’s mother Rabia Khan intends to share the report with Mumbai sessions court soon.
For the uninitiated a month back the CBI had informed the Bombay High Court that it had no reason to suspect murder in Jiah Khan’s suicide case. Jiah’s mother Rabia, was not unhappy with the reports and had roped in Payne-James of UK-based Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd to investigate into the matter.
As per sources, Jason-Payne- James has contradicted the findings of the Indian experts. After studying the postmortem report, pictures of Jiah’s body, and the CCTV footage he has confirmed that injury marks on Jiah’s lower lip are indicative of “blunt force trauma to the mouth region(for example hand placed over the mouth)” not teeth marks as claimed by Indian experts who had said that it was due to “friction with the teeth during the commission of the act (suicide)”.
Sources added, British forensic experts also ruled out the possibility of the dupatta creating marks on Jiah’s lower jaw, contradicting state experts’ opinion that said the injury may have been caused by multiple knots on the dupatta. “I would have expected any forensic specialist to have insisted on seeing the dupatta. I do not see that there is any realistic possibility of the dupatta creating the patterned injury under the chin. Other causes or objects should have been considered such as a blunt impact from a patterned object, or a ligature made of different material.”
Jiah Khan had committed suicide in her home in Juhu, Mumbai in June 2003. Her boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi was arrested and later released in connection with the same. In December last year, the CBI charged Sooraj with abetment to suicide.
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