Man, four family members get life for wife’s death

March 12th, 2011 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) A Delhi court sentenced a man and four women family members to life in jail for burning his wife to death over a petty quarrel.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal convicted the five family members Friday and said: “I rely on the dying declaration of victim Anuradha, who was set on fire by her in-laws in September 2007 after a quarrel over fixing of an iron grill in the house.”

The people convicted are the victim’s sisters-in-law Arti and Poonam, mother-in-law Jamuna, husband Baljeet Verma and Babli, who used live with the family. They lived in Madipur in west Delhi.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs.3,000 on each of the convicts.

“There is no reason to discard the dying declaration as no contrary evidence has been brought on record by the defence to show why the deceased would falsely implicate the accused. Rather, there was a strong motive on the part of the accused to eliminate the deceased as she was not obeying their commands,” the court said.

The dying declaration also named the father-in-law, but he died during the trial.

The prosecution informed the court that the deceased was set on fire as she wanted to put an iron grill to segregate the part of the house in which she was living along with her husband and children from the section occupied by her in-laws.

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