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Court awards death sentence to man for killing wife, daughter

A local court in Allahabad has awarded death penalty to a man who was found guilty for murdering his wife and five year old daughter.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2009 13:10 IST

A local court in Allahabad has awarded death penalty to a man who was found guilty for murdering his wife and five year old daughter.

Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal Yadav, while awarding the sentence on Monday, said the convict Ram Samujh Yadav "shall be hanged till death" as the case fell in the category of "rarest of rare".

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 7000 on Ram Samujh, while it acquitted his father Ramnath Yadav, sister Bachna Devi and brother in law Doodhnath Yadav alias Kallu, all of whom were named as co accused in the case.

According to prosecution, Ram Samujh, a resident of Karnaipur village of the district got married to Urmila in May 2000. He and his family allegedly used to harass Urmila for not bringing adequate dowry. In 2001, Urmila gave birth to a girl child.

On September 10, 2006, the couple had a fight. Samujh, in a fit of rage, strangulated his wife and daughter and dumped their bodies into a near by pond. Later, his family informed Urmila's family and the police saying that she had accidentally got "drowned" along with the child.

However, the post mortem report revealed that the death was caused due to strangulation and not because of drowning as claimed by Ram Samujh and his family.

A case was lodged on September 14, 2006 under relevant sections of the IPC and the Dowry Prohibition Act.