Soon after her death on 1 April, reports claimed that TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee had possibly been two months pregnant at the time. Forensic surgeons at the time had noted the presence of a whitish fluid in her uterus at the time of conducting an autopsy, said a report in Mid-Day.
Nearly 20 days later, medical experts have confirmed that the Balika Vadhu star seems to have had undergone an abortion a little before she ended her life.
In a report carried in The Times of India on Tuesday, doctors from JJ Hospital said that an examination of Pratyusha’s uterine tissues indicated that “there was a conception a few days or a month before hr demise, and that there was a premature death of the foetal cell”. JJ Hospital had carried out a histopathological examination of the tissues to arrive at its findings.
The report also said that it would be difficult to establish the paternity of the foetus as there was hardly any matter left to conduct a DNA test.
The medical authorities at JJ have now presented a report based on their examinations to the Mumbai police. Whether or not their finding will have a bearing on Pratyusha’s partner Rahul Raj Singh’s anticipatory bail plea — the hearing has been set for 25 April by the Bombay High Court — remains to be seen. Rahul was booked by the police for abetting Pratyusha's suicide.
In the meantime, further tests are being conducted at the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory where Pratyusha’s hair, nail and blood samples have been retained.