Seven years ago,a mother of three went to a police station to register a missing report of her husband. A week later,the husbands brother went to the same police station to register a similar complaint,suspecting the wife,Guddi,for his brothers disappearance.
The same day,Guddi confessed to her involvement in her husband Ram Chanders murder and led police to a freshly purchased plot in Sonepat district,where she had buried him. Autopsy reports confirmed that Chander,an ayurvedic practitioner,had been hit on the head,strangled him and buried him.
According to the prosecution,Guddi was having an affair with Bijender Singh and wanted to get her husband out of the way. Both Guddi and Singh allegedly kidnapped Chander,killed and buried him.
While Guddi was convicted of murder and awarded life imprisonment,Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau acquitted Singh on the grounds that there was no determinate evidence tying him to the murder. Further,call detail records established that he was not present at the scene of crime.
The murder of Ram Chander had been committed without any instigation from his side and only because she wanted her husband out of her way as she was having illicit relations. Ram Chander… and… his brother had come to know of it and often objected to the same, Judge Lau held.
The prosecution had asked the court to award death penalty to Guddi.
The defence,however,asked for mercy on the grounds that Guddi,a single mother,was a first-time offender. The judge considered these mitigating factors and held that the case did not fall under the rarest of rare category. She sentenced Guddi to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 15,000.