Upholding the life sentence of a 24-year-old man who stabbed his sister and her husband a day after their marriage,the Bombay High Court has said he had committed the cold-blooded and premeditated murder of the couple who had married out of their caste.
There is no honour in this kind of honour killing. A newly married couple was brutally murdered on the next day of their marriage because of inhuman and archaic notions of caste. In such killing,there is dis-honour rather than honour, Justices P V Hardas and P N Deshmukh observed in their 21-page order.
On May 25,2004,Sheetal Parmar,sister of Anil Parmar,married Lahirilal Patel at a Thane court. Patel took the new bride to his Dombivali home the same evening and informed his family about their marriage.
Patels elder sister Sunita,the main witness in the case,said that at 12:30 am on May 26,2004,Anil visited Patels residence along with his mother and brother and they tried to convince Sheetal to return home with them. Patels father told Anil he could take his sister back to their house if she was willing to go. However,Sheetal refused.
Around 9:30 am the same day,after Patels elder brother and father had left for work,Anil came to their fourth-floor flat in the J M Darshan Building and started stabbing Patel in the living room.
After Sunita and Sheetal,who were in the kitchen,heard Patels mother crying for help,they ran out to the living room. Sheetal tried to stop her brother from stabbing her husband but he stabbed her too.
At least 15 stab wounds were found on the bodies of newly-weds.
The defence argued that Patels mother,a crucial witness in the case,was not examined,and that there was no evidence to show that Anil had motive to kill his sister and her husband. The police were also not able to show where he was arrested,they argued.
The court,however,said these omissions could not dilute the prosecutions case.