Dowry death: Court sentences three of family to 2 yrs in jail

A local court on Friday sentenced three members of a family booked for dowry death to two years of imprisonment and fined them Rs 2,000 each.

Delivering the verdict, Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal said, "The matter of dowry death... is becoming graver day by day. Dowry deaths are a shame on our society and the evil is a matter of serious concern for everyone."

The judge added, "In cases like the present one, the courts are under a bounden duty to award sentence which has a deterrent effect on the society and sends a message across that people are ingested with lust for dowry shall not be spared."

The convicts — Pankaj Kumar, Sunaina Devi and Babita — are residents of Mauli Jagran.

Rinku, 23, had married Pankaj Kumar on May 10, 2009. As per a complaint by the brother of the deceased, two months after the marriage, Rinku's husband, Sunaina Devi, her mother-in-law, and Babita, her sister-in-law, started beating her and demanding dowry.

Unable to meet their demands, Rinku's brother received a call at 1 pm on July 27, 2010, saying that Rinku was not well and had been admitted to PGIMER. At 6 pm again, he received a call saying that Rinku had died. The doctors there said she had eaten some poisonous substance due to which she died.

However, Rinku's brother made a complaint to the police that her sister had been killed as he was unable to provide her in-laws dowry. The accused were arrested on July 27, 2012 and tried by the court.

The accused pleaded that while Sunaina Devi was a senior citizen and suffering from many aliments, Babita was married and was undergoing some treatment, and Pankaj was the only earning member of the family.

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