A woman along with her paramour have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court for stabbing her husband to death for opposing their “illicit relation.”
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Sanjeev Kumar sentenced 37-year-old Rekha and his 22-year-old lover Naveen Dabas,her children’s private tutor,for killing her husband Vinod last year by stabbing him repeatedly.
The court,in its 141-page judgement,held Rekha and Naveen guilty of murdering the man and destroying evidence of their crime and said the duo had broken the victim’s trust.
“Convict Naveen was working as teacher of children of Rekha and deceased Vinod and they had developed intimacy and conspired to kill the victim to remove him from their way.
“Thus both Rekha and Naveen had broken the trust of Vinod and the untimely death of the deceased has taken away shelter,love and affection from his children,” the court said.
According to the prosecution,Rohini resident Rekha had an illicit relation with Naveen who used to come to her house to give tuitions to her three children.
When her husband Vinod came to know about their relationship,he opposed it and often scolded and even beat her up for it.
It said fed up with her husband’s objection to her intimacy with Naveen,she colluded with him and his friend Mandeep and took Vinod to a park near her house,where the trio stabbed him to death.
After stabbing Vinod,they threw their knives and Rekha’s mobile phone in a gutter to destroy evidence of their crime.
The court,however,acquitted Mandeep of the charges of conspiring and murdering Vinod. It also imposed a fine of Rs 12,000 and Rs 7,000 on Naveen and Rekha respectively.
The police said in order to conceal her offence,Rekha had burnt her mobile and threw it in a gutter. The burnt mobile was later on recovered and the duo were caught with the help of their call details.
While sentencing Rekha and Naveen,the court rejected prosecution’s plea for capital punishment to them saying the case does not fall in “rarest of rare” category,warranting death sentence.
The court noted that it was a love marriage between Rekha and Vinod and they had been married for 18 years and were having three children.