Sunday, October 30, 2011

The dark side of India. dowry demands.

85-yr-old woman gets life for bride burning

PTI | Oct 30, 2011, 10.01AM IST
NEW DELHI: An 85-year-old woman has been sentenced to life imprisonment along with her elder son for burning alive her younger son's wife for failing to fulfil her dowry demands

Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Kumar Jain held Turkman Gate resident Husan Bano and her son Nasim guilty of harassing her younger son Nasiruddin's wife Gulnaz for dowry and burning her alive on the basis of her dying declaration.

"The dying declaration was made by deceased Gulnaz voluntarily narrating the true facts of incident, which resulted in her death and it was not the result of tutoring as contended by accused persons," said the court.

While relying upon the victim's dying declaration to convict the accused, the court brushed aside the defence counsel contention that her last statement was not supported by even the prosecution witnesses, including her husband, who had turned hostile.

"I hereby sentence both the convicts Husan Bano and Nasim with rigorous imprisonment for life," the judge said, while also imposing a fine of Rs 12,000 on each of them.

As per the prosecution, a day before the incident on October 22, 2008, Husan and Nasim had beaten Gulnaz for failing to bring dowry. The police said the next day when the victim woke up, Husan again picked up a fight with her, while Nasim doused her with kerosene oil and set her ablaze.

Hearing her cries, her husband Nasuriddun and their nephew Shoaib came out and after extinguishing the fire took her to a nearby hospital, where she died two months later.

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