Manoj-Babli honour-killing: State to Pay Rs 6 lakh to victims' family
Almost after four years, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Haryana government to award a compensation of Rs 6 lakhs to Chanderpati (Manoj's mother) in the infamous Manoj-Babli honour-killing case.chandigarh Updated: Jul 02, 2011 21:59 IST
Almost after four years, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Haryana government to award a compensation of Rs 6 lakhs to Chanderpati (Manoj's mother) in the infamous Manoj-Babli honour-killing case.
In its judgment the bench headed by Justice Ritu Bahri directed the Haryana government to pay a compensation of Rs 3 lakhs each on account of the death of Manoj and Babli due to unlawful withdrawl of their protection. The case for compensation was filed by Chanderpati in August 2007. Residents of village Karora in district Kaithal, Manoj and Babli who belonged to the same gotra had married in May, 2007. However, the khap panchayat had declared the marriage unacceptable and followed by this both were killed on June 15, 2007, after the police party accompanying them left them at Pippli. However, their dead bodies were recovered from Barwala link canal on June 23.
In March last year, a sessions court in Karnal had awarded the death penalty to five men and life imprisonment to one of the six accused for couple's murder.
The high court has passed the directions observing that the Haryana government had failed to submit its reply about its willingness to pay compensation to the complainant Chanderpati even after extending a number of opportunities.
Appearing for the complainant, advocate HC Arora had averred that liability of the state to pay compensation in this case was due to failure of the state police to protect the lives of Manoj and Babli.
However, counsel appearing for the state government had contended that the compensation to the complainant would be paid as per the compensation policy being famed by the state for crime victims under the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973.