Four get life term in dishonour killing case

New Delhi: A Delhi court has sentenced to life term four youths who had lynched the brother of a man who had eloped with and married a girl from one of their families.

"Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case and the act done by the convicts, I am of the view that they are not entitled to any leniency," Additional Sessions Judge SC Rajan said while sentencing the four youths to life imprisonment.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on each of the convicts -- Rajesh (20), Kartar (25), Ram Kishan (33) and Pawan (24).

The court relied on the testimony of victim Dinesh's aunt, who deposed that the four had assaulted her nephew as his brother had married a girl from one of the assailants' families without the "consent and willingness of parents".

The court convicted them saying that the witnesses had made consistent depositions against the convicts.

"I am of the view that each witness in this case has given consistent statement pointing to the guilt of the accused. The prosecution has led legal, reliable and unimpeachable evidence in this case that would fasten the guilt on the accused," it said.

The prosecution said the convicts had hatched a conspiracy to commit the crime. As per the plot, they first visited the house of the victim's aunt where they had liquor and later attacked him in June 2007.

Dinesh was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries two days later.

The convicts, however, pleaded in the court that they were falsely implicated in this case.

The court did not accept their pleas and said, "They have not assigned any reason as to why they have been falsely implicated in this case." The prosecution had examined 20 witnesses to prove its case.