A former cleric has been sentenced to death by a West Bengal court for killing his pregnant wife in 2005.
Abdul Hannan, 26, the imam (cleric) of Ziapara village in South Dinajpur district, was given the death sentence by the additional district and sessions judge of Buniyadpur fast track court on Thursday.
According to local reports, Hannan married 19-year-old Maher Nigar Begum in 2005. But when Maher got pregnant within one month of their marriage, he started suspecting her character.
After becoming the imam of Ziapara village at around the same time, Hannan left his wife at her father's place. On Oct 13, 2005, he went to take his wife back.
On the way home, Hannan killed Maher by slitting her throat with a razor. He then dumped her body at the roadside, changed his blood-splattered clothes and went to a mosque to offer prayers.
Villagers found Maher's body two days later and informed the police.
Police said Hannan planned the murder because he suspected his wife's character.
Initially the police were hesitant to take action against Hannan since he was a cleric. But he was arrested when villagers found the bloodstained clothes in his house and assaulted him.