The nine-year-old child maid, Fatima Farriro, who had died last month under mysterious circumstances while working at the home of a major religious personality in the Ranipur area of Sindh, had been tortured to death, the post-exhumation autopsy found.
A special medical board, which had been formed to conduct a post-mortem on the body of the nine-year-old child, on Saturday submitted its final report.
The report stated that the child maid died due to severe torture. The report added that the girl had sustained severe wounds on her head and chest that caused her death.
It added that hard and blunt object was used to inflict injuries to her chest.
"It seems as if the deceased repeatedly received blows from the toe end of a shoe or boot to her chest as there were deep bruises on her chest," the doctors stated in the report.
The child maid, who had been hurriedly buried without completing due medical formalities necessary in the event of a mysterious death and her body was later exhumed on court orders, was also found to have been sexually assaulted and that she was repeatedly raped and sodomized.
Suspect's remand extended
On the other hand, the physical remand of the main accused, Peer Asad Shah, has been extended for another seven days by a special magistrate of the Anti-Terror Court Khairpur on Saturday. Custody of his driver -- a co-accused in the case -- was given to the police for 13 days on physical remand.
Meanwhile, police in Karachi and Khairpir, in line with court orders, raided the known residences of Shah's wife, Hina. Hina and her father, Fayaz Shah, have also been named as co-accused in the case, but the police have yet to apprehend them.
Meanwhile, sources within the Khairpur police have disclosed that the investigation officer assigned to the case has been struggling to decode Shah's mobile phone. Police believe it carries critical evidence to the case in terms of call history and media, such as images and videos that can help prove their case.