Thane: A mother and her son from Sangli
district of Maharashtra were sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment by a fast track court here in a dowry death case.
Parubhai Baburao Nikam (55) and her son Sambaji (35) were
awarded the sentence by Thane Additions Sessions Judge I B
The duo hailing from Shirala of Sangli were convicted after Sambaji`s wife Sunanda set herself on fire in October 2006 following continuous harassment and torture for dowry by her mother-in law.
However, four others--two sons of Parubhai and their
wives who were also tried in the same case were let off for
want of sufficient evidence. They were identified as Shivaji
Baburao Nikam, Geeta Shivaji Nikam, Uttam Baburao Nikam and
Sangeeta Uttam Nikam.
Additional Public Prosecutor Hemlata Deshmukh told the
court that Sambaji was married to Sunanda May 2002. Initially
the couple were comfortable. Later Sambaji moved to Navi
Mumbai, Turbhe for job and left her with his mother at Sangli.
At Sangli her in-laws began harassing her for dowry and
allegedly bashed her up several times demanding more money and
gold from her parents.
The harassment increased after she returned from home
after her first delivery. The family of Sunanda tried to give
them some ornaments but this was not enough. As the torture
continued she set herself afire in 2006. The couple had two
children from their marriage.
The accused including her husband were arrested on
charges under section 498 A and 306 of the IPC.
The judge found them guilty of the charges of harassment
for dowry leading to her death and sentenced the mother-son