Dropping the murder charge on grounds that the incident was not premeditated, a sessions court sentenced a man to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment for stabbing his wife to death after a quarrel.
According to the prosecution, Suryakant Koli, 50, and his wife Malumma, 45, were found unconscious at their Govandi residence on April 22, 2012. While Malumma had passed away, Koli was taken to the Rajawadi hospital, where he received treatment till May 10, 2012.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Koli had, after stabbing his wife, attempted suicide.
The Shivaji Nagar police registered a case of murder against Koli and arrested him on the day he got discharged from the hospital.
In their charge sheet filed on September 12, 2012, the police had concluded that Koli would often fight with his wife and beat her up. On the day of the incident, too, they had a fight, after which he killed her.
In her statement in the court, Koli’s neighbour Rupa Mishra had said that on the day of the incident, the couple had a fight at 6am. The noise stopped after an hour. The post mortem report revealed that Malumma had 17 injuries on her body.
Kiran Raikar, public prosecutor in the case, examined 10 witnesses, including doctors, Mishra, police witnesses and police officers investigating the case.
Raikar argued that Koli has murdered his wife brutally and should be given life imprisonment.
Sessions judge VM Mohite said that it was not murder, as the accused had no intention of killing her.
“The incident happened out of a sudden quarrel between the accused and his wife. There was no premeditation,” the judge observed, while convicting him under section 304 of the Indian Penal Code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.