Three years after a 26-year-old woman was murdered, additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla on Friday convicted three of her in-laws family for killing her for dowry. The victim, Davinder Kaur, was killed by poisoning in October 2011.
Those convicts have been identified as Kaur’s mother-in-law Choti Devi, 62; brother-in-law Ashwani and sister-in-law Sanjana, all residents of Jattanwala Mohalla, Manimajra.
However, the court acquitted Nitu Rani, another sister-in-law of the victim, after she produced a medical certificate showing that she was admitted in a hospital when Kaur had died.
The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on November 17.
According to police, Kaur, hailing from Patiala, had married Vijay and had twin daughters. Over a year after the marriage, Vijay, moved to Italy.
Later, on October 21, 2011, police booked four of Vijay’s family after Kaur died of poisoning. The victim’s kin had alleged that Vijay’s family had been torturing Kaur to arrange money to send Vijay to Italy, and they had killed her for dowry. As Vijay was staying abroad, he was not named as accused.
Family demands capital punishment
Expressing satisfaction over the conviction, victim’s father Darshan Singh demanded capital punishment to the convicts responsible for Kaur’s death.
“She was a bright child. I cannot forgive myself for marrying her to Vijay. I seek death penalty for those responsible for my daughter’s death,” said 60-year-old Singh.
“We received a phone call on October 20 night from one of Vijay’s relatives who stated that Kaur was unwell and we should visit her. Praying for the well being of my daughter, I reached Chandigarh, only to find that she had been murdered,” Singh added.
“They had left her body in the mortuary and fled. My two granddaughters were missing since the incident. It was only after a petition in the high court that we got custody one of the twins, while the other was murdered,” he rued.
Brother accuses convicts of killing victim’s daughter
“After killing my sister, they also killed one of her daughters. Another case regarding the child’s murder is sub judice,” claimed Inderpreet Singh, the victim’s brother, who runs a shop in Patiala. He added, “We failed to check Vijay’s antecedents before the marriage, and only later came to know that he was already married to a woman in Uttar Pradesh. A case of bigamy is also pending in court.”