Pratyusha Banerjee was pregnant, undergone abortion

According to the latest report, ‘Balika Vadhu’ fame Pratyusha Banerjee was pregnant and likely to have undergone abortion days before or a month before committing suicide. This shocking revelation was made by doctors of JJ Hospital after a histopathological examination of the tissues from the uterus to double check their initial findings were carried out. It was confirmed today that Pratyusha Banerjee was pregnant and had probably undergone an abortion.

A source close to the investigation told TOI, "The findings showed that there was a conception few days or a month before her demise, and there was a premature death of the foetal cell." The products of conception, or the placental or foetal tissue in the uterus found following delivery, termination of pregnancy or a miscarriage, were infected and degenerated. That usually hints towards a secondary infection, probably occurring due to an attempt to terminate the pregnancy."

But experts said the police will have a tough time establishing the paternity of the child. "Since there are no tissues left or rather they were removed, it may be challenging to carry out a DNA test to establish the child's paternity," an expert said. Investigations following Pratyusha's death have shown that she was in a troubled relationship with her fiance, actor-producer Rahul Raj Singh. But the report could not confirm her exact gestational age.

Dean Dr TP Lahane said, "We cannot reveal the findings. The report has been handed over to the police." Many departments are working simultaneously to establish the cause of Pratyusha's death. So far, the investigators only have a preliminary autopsy report which states the provisional cause of death as "ligature over the neck with asphyxia". Her viscera is being analysed at Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory, where experts will run chemical tests to look for traces of poisoning. Her hair, nail and blood samples have been preserved for DNA analysis.

Pratyusha Banerjee was found dead at her Goregaon residence on April 1. She hanged herself from the ceiling fan and her live-in boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh was accused in the case.Currently, Singh was out on bail.



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