Man given life term for killing wife
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 15:21
New Delhi: A Delhi court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for battering his wife to death with an iron rod after a quarrel over a petty issue, relying upon the testimony of the couple's eight-year-old daughter.

"The prosecution witness (daughter of the accused and deceased) was only eight years of age at that time and she had witnessed the most horrible incident of her life, wherein she saw her mother being beaten by her father," Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) V K Bansal said.

Noting that the man hit his wife's head with the iron rod five times, ASJ Bansal said the man had the intention to kill her.

"I am of the considered opinion that the prosecution has fully discharged its onus and also proved that accused caused these injuries with the intention and the knowledge to kill his wife and that is why he gave five blows of iron rod on the vital part i.e. head," ASJ said.

The court relied upon the child's statement, ignoring minor discrepancies in her deposition.

Jai Karan Yadav, a resident of Mukand Pur in North West Delhi, killed his wife Kaushalya on July 14 last year.

Yadav was residing with his wife and two children in the house. Prosecution said the fight broke out between them at night when Yadav was taking dinner and his children were in another room.

He began beating his wife with the iron rod, the police said, adding the incident was witnessed by the couple's children, including the girl.

Police said Yadav's daughter tried to intervene but he continued to hit her till she collapsed.

After the incident, he took his wife to hospital where she succumbed to injuries. A case was registered against him at Bhalswa Dairy police station in North West Delhi.

Pressing for harsher punishment, prosecution said the accused was none other than the husband of the deceased, who had taken oath to protect her at the time of solemnisation of their marriage.

"He was bound to save her, but here, he himself caused her death. He has taken away his children's right of getting love and affection from their mother by killing her," prosecution said.

Yadav's counsel said the offence was committed on the spur of a moment and he did not have a criminal background.


First Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 15:21

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