Five members of a family, including four women, have been sentenced to life term by a Delhi court for burning alive the family’s daughter-in-law after a quarrel on a petty issue.
Additional sessions judge Sanjeev Aggarwal awarded life imprisonment to convicts relying on the dying declaration of victim, Anuradha, who was set afire by her in-laws in September 2007 after a quarrel on the issue of fixing an iron grill in the house.
“There is no reason to discard the dying declaration as no contrary evidence has been brought on record by the defence to show why the deceased would falsely implicate the accused persons,” the court said.
The people who were convicted included victim’s sisters-in-law Arti and Poonam, mother-in-law Jamuna, besides the latter’s sister Babli and her husband Baljeet Verma, all residents of Madipur in west Delhi.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 3,000 on each of the convicts. The victim had also named her father-in-law in the dying declaration, but he died during the tria