District and Sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi on Saturday sentenced the husband and mother-in-law of a woman constable of Chandigarh Police to seven years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on them.
The two were held guilty in a case of dowry death on Friday. The sentence was pronounced on Saturday. The incident took place in November when Tamanna was beaten up mercilessly by her husband and mother-in-law. Tamanna had succumbed to her injuries.
The Sessions Judge sentenced Vikas,26,and Krishna Devi,55,to seven-years rigorous imprisonment under Section 304-B of the IPC for causing the death of the woman after subjecting her to harassment on the demand of dowry. The court also ordered that the duo will undergo the punishment of three years jail term under section 498-A of IPC.
The counsel for the complainant,Tek Tejinder Pal Singh,said that the court announced the sentence after it was proved in the court that the girls in-laws were seeking dowry. He said that the girl was hit on the abdomen by her husband due to which her spleen got ruptured leading to her death. Police had earlier slapped a case of murder against the duo,however,the charges of murder were dropped by the court on the argument of the Defence counsel that the rupture of the spleen may have been caused due to her pregnancy. Tamanna had delivered a baby boy around a fortnight before her death. She was shifted to a Sector 6 hospital where she was declared on arrival.
The medical report by a team of doctors at Sector 6 hospital concluded that the death had taken place because of the haemorrhage shock due to rupture of spleen. The post-mortem report had mentioned that there was ligature mark around the neck of the deceased woman and there was a bluish discoloration found on her left cheek,lips and nails.
The complainant in the case,Om Prakash,informed the court that his daughter married Vikas in 2009. Two to three days after the marriage the girl came back home informing that her in-laws were demanding dowry. He also disclosed that the womans husband and her mother-in-law used to taunt her for getting insufficient dowry and had demanded a car.
The complainant further brought before the court that on October 26,2010,his daughter gave birth to a girl and on his visit to her home he had given her Rs 51,000 cash. Om Prakash added that his daughter was not allowed to talk to them even on phone.