The fate of the 50-year-old woman who allegedly hacked her 26-year-old daughter to death at Virar on Friday evening, will be decided based on the outcome of the medical report from Thane civil hospital.
Ratna Nadar had been referred to the hospital by the court after she could not answer questions posed to her by the additional sessions judge, said police inspector Yusuf Bagwan from the Virar police station.
“Ratna has been placed under observation at the Thane civil hospital to determine her mental condition. Depending on the report submitted by the hospital, the future course of action against her will be determined”, added Bagwan.
When questioned about the impact of the mental condition of the accused on the case against her, superintendent of police (Thane rural) VN Patil said, “There are exceptions to the law while dealing with crimes committed in an unstable mental condition or involving a minor.”
He said in case the medical report stated that Ratna was mentally unstable, the police would be seeking legal opinion for pressing charges against her. There is a possibility that the charge could be reduced from murder to culpable homicide (not amounting to murder) or the charges be dropped all together in case her mental condition was found to be extremely unstable.
The difference between murder charge (IPC Section 302) and that of culpable homicide (not amounting to murder) (IPC 304 (a)) is the lack of intent in the latter.
Leading criminal lawyer Rohini Salian said: “It is the burden of the defence to prove that their client was not mentally stable.”