When 13-year-old Bunty took the witness box at a Ghaziabad court on Tuesday, he knew what he was doing. He knew that whatever he would say in the witness box would have the power to send his mother to jail. Bunty didn’t flinch.
For 45 minutes, Bunty answered each question that the defence advocates asked during his grilling. Bunty was testifying against his own mother, his uncle and another accused who had allegedly murdered his father Vinod Kumar (41) in February 2009 in Bhojpur area of Ghaziabad.
Bunty’s testimony was enough for the court to hand the three accused a life sentence.
Although there were six other witnesses who saw the accused moving Kumar’s body after the murder, it was Bunty’s testimony that nailed the three—his mother Kusum Kumar (38), her brother-in-law Satish Kumar (42) and their accomplice Sudhir Kumar.
Bunty’s father, Kumar, was murdered around 1.30 a.m. on February 11, 2009, and Bunty had emerged as the prime witness in the case.
“His mother had an illicit relationship with her brother-in-law Satish and his father, Vinod, had objected to it. In order to get rid of him, they planned and murdered Vinod inside the house that night,” Bunty’s elder uncle, Jagat Pal Singh, told Hindustan Times.
The incident left Bunty with a deep hatred for his mother Kusum. “During the hearings, he would say that the guilty should be punished and not be let off,” Singh added.
In the court, when his turn came to take the witness box, Bunty told the court what he saw that night.
“At night, I was asleep. I got up on hearing my father’s screams from the nearby room. When I went there, I saw my mother Kusum Kumar holding my father’s hands, a man holding his legs and my uncle strangulating his throat with a rope. They they killed him,” the Additional District Government Counsel (ADGC Criminal) told HT while quoting Bunty’s statement in the court.
Bunty, a class VII student at a school in Modi Nagar, and his two elder sisters aged 16 and 18 now live with their elder uncle Jagat Pal Singh.