10 Feb 2011

Whipped girl bled to death say doctors

9:04 am on 10 February 2011

A fresh autopsy on the body of a Bangladeshi girl who died after being publicly whipped has found she bled to death from multiple injuries.

Hena Begum, 14, had been accused of having an affair with a married man and was sentenced by a village court to 100 lashes.

The High Court ordered that her body be exhumed and taken to the capital Dhaka after a local autopsy recorded no injuries.

Deputy Attorney-General Altaf Hossain says the doctors who carried out the initial investigation have been summoned to explain their findings in the High Court, the BBC reports.

Police have opened a murder investigation.