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Nawanshahr Court awards life imprisonment to a couple in dowry death case

ASHOK KAURA | May 18, 2022 05:05 PM

NAWANSHAHR: The Court of District and Sessions Judge, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Kanwaljit Singh Bajwa on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to a couple in dowry death of their daughter-in-law on May 30, 2018. The accused have been identified as Rattan Singh and his wife Shalindra of Thathiala Bet village in Balachaur sub-division of the district.

As per case details, a case under sections 302, 304-B, 120-B and 498-A read with Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code and under Sections 25 and 27 of Arms Act on May 30, 2018 at Balachaur Sadar Police station on the complaint of Jaspal Singh, the father of victim Anita Rani who was married to couple's Son Kamal Rana on October 25, 2016.

Jaspal Singh of Possi village, Hoshiarpur had alleged that after one-month of their marriage, in-laws of Anita Rani, started harassing and torturing her over bringing insufficient dowry but matter was later reconciled by convening village Panchayat.

He said that then his son in-law Kamal Rana went to Italy and on May 3, 2018, he received a call from Anita Rani from the mobile phone of her mother-in-law. At that time, she told them that she was being beaten by her father-in-law Rattan Singh and he was roaming armed with a double barrel gun with an intention to kill her.

Singh alleged that his daughter pleaded with them to save her life and he immediately dialed Women Helpline Number 1091 and immediately thereafter he along with his son Sandeep Kumar and his nephew Shiv Singh reached at Anita's in-laws house where they found the dead body of Anita Rani, lying in a pool of blood on her bed.
On Tuesday, the court awarded life-impriosnment to both Rattan Singh and his wife Shalindra under section 304-B with section 34 of IPC, 120-B, three-year rigourous imprisonment under 498-A, three-year rigourous imprisonment to Rattan under 27 of Arms Act.

All the sentences would run concurrently.

In the order, the District and Sessions judge Kanwaljit Singh Bajwa mentioned that a hapless woman was done to death within four corners of her matrimonial home just because she could not fulfill the illegal demands of dowry raised by accused. So, such culprits should be dealt with iron hand so that even a detterent effect is created in the minds of those who for the lust of dowry and undue enrichment would not hesitate to kill an innocent bride.

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