A man, who forced his wife to abort their child as he suspected her of infidelity, was sentenced to ten years' rigorous imprisonment by a Delhi court on Tuesday.
Terming the offence as "barbaric", Additional Sessions Judge RK Yadav of Karkardooma courts convicted Rajesh Bhardwaj, a resident of East Delhi, after finding him guilty under Section 313 (causing miscarriage without women's consent) of the IPC.
Yadav also imposed on Rajesh a fine of Rs 10,000.
The court, however, absolved Bhardwaj' mother Narayani Devi, a co-accused in the case, for want of evidence.
As per the prosecution, the convict, after marrying the victim in 2001, was not on good terms with her and used to quarrel.
In 2003, the victim got pregnant but Bhardwaj, who used to suspect her of infidelity, started pressurising her to abort the child but she kept on refusing.
Later, the accused got a tablet and gave it to his wife on the pretext that it was good for the child's health.
After consuming the tablet, she started bleeding and was rushed to a nearby hospital where her foetus got aborted.