A local court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to father, mother and brother of 22-year-old girl Nidhi in the 2013 Garnauthi honour killing in the district.
Nidhi and her boyfriend Dharmender were brutally murdered by Nidhi’s family after they eloped to get married.
Six relatives of the girl, including her parents Narender and Reeta, and brother Sunny, were arrested by the police.
However, the court of additional sessions judge Narender Kaur acquitted three of her relatives while awarding life imprisonment to the parents and brother.
The other three accused — Ravinder, Rajesh and Mahesh — were acquitted due to lack of evidence against them.
Dharmender Barak, 22, and Nidhi Barak, were murdered by her family in September 2013, after they both eloped to get married, despite being of the same gotra, considered a sin in the Jat land.
After launching a hunt, Nidhi’s family found the couple at Bahadurgarh and brought them back to their home in Garnauthi village. According to the police, the girl’s family stabbed the couple to death.
The allegations were made that girl’s family stabbed Dharmender at least 15 times, severed his body into six pieces and threw it outside his house. They also killed their own daughter and tried to cremate her discreetly. However, the cops got to know about the incident and stopped the cremation mid-way. A burnt body of Nidhi was recovered and was sent for postmortem.
The girl’s father Narender and brother Sunny were booked under Sections 302 and 201 of the Indian penal Code (IPC) whereas her mother Reeta was booked under 302 and 120B, police said.
Meanwhile, the counsel of the convicts said they would file a petition in the high court challenging the judgement. “The cops were asked to send the recovered body from the pyre for DNA.
However, they did not do so. How can they say the body was of Nidhi?” he said.