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Panchkula man found not guilty of forcing wife to kill herself

A 28-year-old man who is currently lodged at Central Jail,Ambala,for forcing his wife to commit suicide,was on Monday acquitted by the district and sessions judge.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: April 30, 2013 4:35:30 am

A 28-year-old man who is currently lodged at Central Jail,Ambala,for forcing his wife to commit suicide,was on Monday acquitted by the district and sessions judge. The man’s wife had poured kerosene on herself before setting herself on fire. The district and sessions judge,Anita Chaudhary,exonerated Raj Kumar,a resident of Raipurani,from charges of instigating his wife,Mona Devi,to commit suicide.

Police had earlier booked Raj Kumar and his mother Sona Devi in the suicide case after the complaint by the brothers of the girl that she was forced to commit suicide by her husband and in-laws. It was alleged that the girl was being harassed and was beaten up many times by her husband and was not properly taken care of and that her husband used to doubt her fidelity.

The district and sessions judge announced the orders here on Monday.

The woman,a resident of Panchkula,was married to Raj Kumar and the couple had two children. Both the children have been living with their father’s family.

The case was registered against Raj Kumar and his mother under Section 306 of IPC on August 19 last year.

However,police investigation revealed that the mother-in-law of the victim had no role to play in the suicide and charges were dropped against her. However,prosecution had argued that it was Raj Kumar who had forced his wife to commit suicide.

Defence counsel,Randeep Singh Attri,said that the court set free Raj Kumar as there was no evidence of his involvement in the suicide of his wife.

“The prosecution had built its case only on the evidence of the brothers of the deceased woman that she was being harassed. The court acquitted Raj Kumar as he had no role to play in the suicide.”

The Defence counsel had also brought before the court that at the time of the incident neither Raj Kumar nor his mother were at home.

It was submitted before the court that Raj Kumar had gone out for his daily work while Sona Devi had gone to her parental home when the incident happened. Mona Devi had had died of severe burns.

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