3 sentenced to death for burning woman

A Sessions court on Tuesday sentenced a man,his son and daughter to death,for burning the wife of another son in order to deprive her of her share in family property.

Written by Jayant Sriram | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2012 1:56 am

A Sessions court on Tuesday sentenced a man,his son and daughter to death,for burning the wife of another son in order to deprive her of her share in family property.

Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar awarded the death penalty to Gokulpuri resident Gulbeg Ali,his son Zulfikar Ali and daughter Kumari Mubin Fatima for killing Shama Parveen in October 2009. While convicting them,the court relied on the victim’s dying declaration,in which she had said the accused had set her ablaze.

“This court comes to the conclusion that the act of the accused persons comes under category of rarest of rare cases. Hence,the ends of justice will meet if convicts are sentenced to death penalty and fine of Rs 5,000 each for offence under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC,” the judge said.

The court took a strong view of incidents of violence against women,saying that these were instances in which the court could not keep silent. “Jahan stree ka samman hota hai waha devta vaas karte hai” (God resides where women are given respect),the judge observed.

The court said that as her family members,the convicts were supposed to act as her caretakers but they instead committed a cruel act against her. While convicting the three,the court also dismissed the victim’s husband’s deposition,in which he said he saw his father and brother trying to save her.

Further the judge observed that one of the principles for a case to be deemed ‘rarest of rare’ was if the victim was a helpless woman or child. “It has been established that all the accused persons had been found in dominating position over the helpless Shama Praveen (since deceased) and from their motive and intention,it has also been established that they had murdered her in extreme brutal manner in order to deprive her of her share in the property i.e.,for gain of money,” the court said.

As per the prosecution,the incident took place on the morning of October 22,2009,when the convicts had allegedly brought the victim to the first floor of their house. Two of the accused had allegedly caught hold of her and the third set her on fire,police said. Shama Parveen received 100 per cent burn injuries and died in the hospital.

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