Court upholds life term for mother, daughter for honour killing

March 13th, 2009 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday upheld the life term for a woman and her daughter who in a honour killing stabbed to death the woman’s other daughter who was unmarried but pregnant.
A division bench of Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Aruna Suresh upheld the life imprisonment of Darshana and her daughter Rajani and stated, “It is our social thinking that forces Indian community to take such drastic steps of killing family members.”

“The duo had taken this step to save their family’s respect in society and killed their own blood,” said the bench.

According to the prosecution, the duo killed Raji, 20, while she was asleep during the night of April 16, 2002, in Uttam Nagar here when the girl’s father was away in Punjab to attend a wedding.

A total of 50 knife wounds were found on the body of the deceased.

The trial court had found the two guilty and sentenced them to life imprisonment in 2004.

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