Within six months of the crime and in just three hearings since the framing of charges,a lower court has convicted the father and brother of a girl whom they had killed after finding her pregnant. On Thursday,the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Rahul Garg held Jaswant Singh (45) and Sunil (21) guilty of the gruesome murder of 17-year-old Promila in Kajheri village in July 2008. The unmarried girl was five-month pregnant.
The quantum of sentence will be announced on January 24.
According to the prosecution,the two had first strangulated Promila and then bludgeoned her with a stone. They had also poured acid on her face and tore off her clothes to suggest rape,which was ruled out by her medical reports. The duo committed the gory crime just to save the familys honour, said public prosecutor Manu Kakkar.
The case created a history of sorts when the entire evidence was recorded in a day on January 13. The next hearing on January 15 saw the defence witnesses and the final arguments being heard by the court. And on the third date,i.e. January 22,the duo was convicted. The speedy trial was conducted as fear of the witnesses turning hostile loomed large,with both the accused and the witnesses belonging to the same village.
July 20,2008: The defaced body of Promila is found in forests near Kajheri
July 23: Police arrest her father and brother after their statements contradict
November 28: Murder charges framed against the two
January 12,2009: Entire trial evidence recorded
January 15: Defence witnesses and final arguments heard
January 22: Accused convicted for murder under Section 302 of the IPC