District and sessions judge SK Aggarwal on Friday awarded seven-year jail to Vikas Goyal for driving his wife Monica Goyal, a 32-year-old computer teacher, to commit suicide in October last year.
Vikas was also awarded 18-month jail for disappearance of evidence and a fine of Rs 90,000 was imposed on him. His sentence would run concurrently.
Meanwhile, the court remained unimpressed with the argument of the Vikas's counsel that lenient view should be taken considering that it is his first offence and he has an eight-year-old son to look after.
"It is painful that she (Monica) was tortured to such an extent that she preferred death over life leaving behind her son Krishh, therefore benefit of probation cannot be bestowed upon him," read the order.
"Parents get their daughter married with a man hoping that he will provide every kind of love, affection and protection to her. Convict Vikas could not protect the life and liberty of his wife, rather he created circumstances and tortured his wife physically and mentally which compelled her to kill herself at a young age. By this act, Vikas has spoiled his own life as well as the life of his wife and their son," the order further read.
Meanwhile, taking lenient view considering their old age and that they suffer from various ailments, Vikas's aged parents GP Goyal and Premlata were awarded 18-month jail for disappearance of evidence. A fine of `20,000 each was also imposed on them.
On October 15 last year, Monica was found hanging in her room reportedly by her husband. Monica's in-laws then took her to GMSH-16 where she was declared dead on arrival.
Minor son to get half of realised amount
Terming Krishh (8) "real" victim of Monica's death and subsequent arrest of farther and grandparents, the court ordered that out of total fine of Rs 1.3 lakh realised from the convicts, half would be paid to Krishh as compensation.
Why prosecution failed to prove murder charge
Even as all accused were booked for murder, the prosecution failed to prove the allegations as there was no medical evidence on record. The post-mortem report had termed asphyxia as cause of death. The prosecution failed to prove the allegations of murder as the medical evidence on record hinted suicide and ruled out the possibility of Monica being murder and then hanged.