A Delhi Court has awarded capital punishment to three members of a family who had killed a woman for demanding the transfer of a piece of land to her children. This judgement comes just a day after the Supreme Court held that those who commit honour killings must face the gallows.
“This case indicates the mentality of honour killing where if a woman raises voice in the family, the family gets together and does her away with (sic.),” Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Dinesh Kumar Sharma said.
He then awarded capital punishment to Surender, his brother Narender and mother Lakhpati Devi. The trio had killed Surender’s wife Urmila in October 2007 in Humayunpur Village, which falls under the Sarojini Nagar police station in south Delhi.
The murder took place in front of her three minor children. The killers then dumped Urmila’s body in a bed box in their house. This is the first time that the death penalty has been awarded in a case of an alleged honour killing.
The ASJ specifically mentioned the Supreme Court’s ruling that all cases of honour killing fell within the category of “rarest of the rare” cases that warrant death penalty.
“It is the right time to stamp out these barbaric, feudal practices which are a slur on our nation. In such cases, death penalty is necessary as a deterrent for such outrages, uncivilised behaviour. A message should go to the society if an innocent woman is killed in such a brutal manner,” Sharma said while quoting from the Supreme Court’s verdict.