Couple convicted of killing teenager wants conjugal rights

A couple convicted of murdering a teenager has moved the Punjab and Haryana High court for granting them conjugal rights in prison with the victim`s father opposing the plea in the court.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 18:00 PM IST

Chandigarh: A couple convicted of murdering
a teenager has moved the Punjab and Haryana High court for
granting them conjugal rights in prison with the victim`s
father opposing the plea in the court.

Jasvir Singh and his wife Sonia, who kidnapped and
murdered 16-year-old Harry Verma for ransom at Hoshiarpur in
2005, are currently lodged in separate wings of the jail.

Singh had been given the death sentence while Sonia had
received life-term for the crime.

The couple now wants a common cell so that they can have
a child before Jasvir is hanged to death.

However, Ravi Verma, the father of the teenager recently
challenged the couple`s petition in the High Court.

"When we had come to know that the culprits have filed a
petition in the high court through their father, seeking
conjugal rights to have a child, we have moved the High Court.

We will fight it tooth and nail," Verma said.
"Why do they want to have a child? They have destroyed my
family. They have killed my son. Now they are worried about
their family," he said.

The High Court has appointed an amicus curiae to assist
the court arrive at a decision.

Gursharan Kaur Mann, counsel for Jasvir and Sonia, said
that the right to procreate survives in imprisonment also.
Even if the person has been sentenced to death, his
rights will remain same, Mann said.

Besides Jasvir and Sonia their accomplice Vikram Walia,
was also given death sentence by the Hoshirapur district and
sessions court in December.

The Supreme Court had reduced Sonia`s sentence to
life-term.

The couple had been married for eight months when they
kidnapped Harry in a car on February 14, 2005, while he was on
his way to school.

Harry`s abductors had demanded a ransom of Rs 50 lakh.
But even as negotiations were on, his naked body was dumped
near Adampur town, 20 km from Hoshiarpur.

Walia, who had masterminded the crime and knew the boy`s
family well even met Harry`s father after the abduction.
Police, who tracked the boy`s kidnappers to an isolated
house on the outskirts of the town, could only recover his
body later from another spot.

He had already died after his abductors injected an
overdose of a tranquilliser into him.

They dumped his body, but continued the ransom drama till
police caught up with them.

PTI