A city court has awarded life imprisonment to a 35-year-old man for battering his newly-wed sister-in-law to death with a piece of stone after she refused to wash his clothes on the same day.
Noting that the convict, Raju, had "nipped a young life in bud", additional sessions judge Nisha Saxena said, "Without any rhyme or reason, he extinguished the life of a 19-year-old and therefore, he needs to be given stringent punishment to send a message across to the society not to play with young, innocent lives."
The court also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 on Raju.
Raju had asked his teenaged sister-in-law to wash his clothes and she had said that she would do it the next day. Enraged by her reply, the convict picked up a piece of stone and attacked her on the head, face and eyes.
Her skull was fractured and she bled to death before she could be rushed to the hospital.
The convict's counsel had pleaded for leniency saying that he had already been in custody for four years, was the sole earning member of his family and had no prior criminal record, but the plea was rejected.