Indian mother gets to 15 year jail term in the Gulf
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Last Updated: Monday, November 09, 2009, 18:46
Dubai: A Dubai court has increased the jail term of an Indian mother to 15 years for killing her daughter, attempting to kill the second one too and then trying to turn the knife on herself.

An appeal court here raised the sentence to 15 years for the 24 year old Indian mother, ruling she had intentionally killed her three-and-a-half year old daughter Nashua K and then tried to murder her 22-month old sister Najiya K with a 16 inch knife, the Gulf News reported today.

A lower court, finding her guilty of the gruesome crime, had sentenced the woman earlier to a punishment of 10 to 15 years in jail. But the appeals court, which she had approached to reduce her sentence, raised her jail term.

As per the law in the United Arab Emirates, the mother was not named in the court and merely referred to by her initials H.A. The mother pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The court was told that the life of the younger daughter was saved by emergency services after she was rushed to the hospital by paramedics. The court was told that the baby girl had sustained 35 per cent permanent disability.

The court also summoned psychological experts who examined the woman and concluded that she did not suffer from any mental disorder and she was responsible for her actions.

Prosecutors in the course of the hearing said H.A. had thrown her eldest daughter Nashua over the bed and repeatedly stabbed her in the back.

H.A.'s 34-year old husband, a computer programmer had testified in the lower court that since he married the girl in 2001, she didn't suffer from any mental illness. He never took her to a psychologist and her parents never informed him that she suffered from any psychological disorder.

"I was heading home from work when H.A.'s father phoned me from India telling me that my wife called him and sounded disturbed. I sent one of relatives to the house to check on my wife. He found one daughter in a pool of blood while the woman and her other child were in critical condition as a result of multiple stabs.

"When I reached my house, police had cordoned the place and didn't let me in," the husband said.

The family's 29-year old Indian neighbour I.A. testified," H.A. stood at my doorstep and shouted hysterically with blood all over her hands and clothes. She asked me for help.

"When I headed to her room, I saw her daughters lying on the bed, covered with the blood. They were motionless and H.A. was crying and I saw the knife on the bed, beside the girls' bodies. Then I informed the police," the woman said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 09, 2009, 18:46

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