In an honour-killing case, a Baghpat court on Tuesday awarded the death sentence to a man and his son.
The man, Maithelesharan, and his son Harendra murdered the former’s daughter, Geeta, and her lover Sunil in 2007.
Sunil, a labourer at a brick kiln and father of four children, had fallen in love with Geeta, who was unmarried. Both belonged to the Gujjar community.
On the night of December 27-28, Maithelesharan, along with his two sons, caught them in a compromising position in an abandoned dwelling adjacent to Sunil’s house and hacked them to death and disappeared.
Citing the direction of the Supreme Court that honour killing be treated as crimes of “rarest of rare” nature, judge Rajendra Babu Sharma termed the act “barbaric and brutal”.
Besides the death sentence, a fine of R80,000 was slapped on Maithelesharan and Harendra. Half the amount would be provided to the complainant, Sunil’s father.
The case against the third accused, Maithelesharan’s younger son Rahul, is currently being heard in a juvenile court.
The judgment has come at a time when panchayats of western UP have often defended honour killings to protect social traditions.
Judge Rajendra Babu Sharma last year awarded the death penalty to 10 persons accused of honour killing during his posting in Etah district. The case is still going on.