Daughter deposes, cop gets life term for stabbing wife to death

A sessions court on Monday sentenced a constable to life imprisonment for stabbing his wife to death. His eight-year-old daughter testified against him as an eyewitness.

Shatrugan Meshram (40) had stabbed his wife Kavita to death in front of his two minor children following a fight on October 28, 2011.

The Meshrams lived at police quarters in Andheri (E). According to the deposition by his daughter and neighbours, Meshram would regularly beat up Kavita on the suspicion that she had an extra-marital affair with her uncle's son.

Public prosecutor Vijay Malankar said while the elder daughter was confident in her deposition before the court, the younger one, aged six, could not testify as she felt intimidated. "The elder daughter narrated before the court various instances where her mother was beaten up. He (Meshram) was a drunkard and would not go to work," Malankar said.

The elder daughter stated that Meshram had first punched Kavita in the stomach, causing her to bleed profusely from the mouth. "Thereafter, my mother ran to the gallery. My father pulled her back inside the room and stabbed her on both sides of the chest, hands and thighs with a kitchen knife," the minor said.

She deposed that both she and her younger sister began to cry, which alerted their neighbours. The police then rushed Kavita to the hospital and arrested Meshram.

The MIDC police relied heavily on the daughter's deposition and forensic evidence.

Additional sessions judge D G Murumkar has also fined the convict Rs 25,000, of which Rs 12,000 each will have to be deposited in a nationalised bank in the name of his two minor daughters. The children are currently in the custody of their grandparents and maternal uncle in Nanded.

mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com

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