Balachaur village couple sentenced to life in dowry death case: The Tribune India
Nawanshahr, May 17
Nawanshahr District Court and Sessions Judge Kanwaljit Singh Bajwa on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment a dowry couple who killed their daughter-in-law on May 30, 2018.
The couple, Rattan Singh and Shalindra, hail from Thathiala Bet village in the Balachaur subdivision of the district. A case under Sections 302, 304-B, 120-B and 498-A read with Section 34 of the IPC and under Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act on May 30, 2018, was registered at Balachaur Sadar police station the complaint of Jaspal Singh, father of victim Anita Rani, who was married to the couple’s son Kamal Rana on October 25, 2016.
Jaspal Singh from Possi village, Hoshiarpur had alleged that just after a month of their marriage, Anita Rani’s in-laws started harassing and torturing her for bringing insufficient dowry but the case then went been reconciled by the village panchayat.
He then recounts that his son-in-law Kamal Rana went to Italy and that on May 3, 2018, he received a call from Anita Rani from his mother-in-law’s mobile phone. At that time, she told them that she was beaten by her stepfather Rattan Singh and that he wandered around armed with a double-barreled pistol with the intention of killing her.
Jaspal Singh alleged that his daughter begged them to save her life and he immediately dialed the women’s helpline number (1091) and subsequently with his son. Sandeep Kumar and his nephew Shiv Singh reached Anita’s in-laws where they found Anita Rani’s body lying in a pool of blood on her bed.
On Tuesday, the court sentenced Rattan Singh and his wife Shalindra to life imprisonment under Section 304-B along with IPC Section 34, 120-B, three years rigorous imprisonment in under Section 498-A, three years rigorous imprisonment in Rattan under Section 27 of the Weapons Act. All sentences would be carried out simultaneously.
In the order, District and Sessions Judge Kanwaljit Singh Bajwa mentioned that an unfortunate woman was killed all over her matrimonial home simply because she could not meet illegal dowry demands raised by the accused. Thus, these culprits should be dealt with with an iron fist so that a deterrent effect is created in the minds of those who, for the thirst for dowry and undue enrichment, would not hesitate to kill an innocent woman.