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Man gets five-year rigorous imprisonment for killing pregnant wife

The Gautam Budh Nagar district court awarded rigorous imprisonment to a man convicted of killing his pregnant wife in 2012

noida Updated: Feb 21, 2017 22:39 IST
Kapil Datta
The woman was seven-months pregnant when he killed her during an altercation.
The woman was seven-months pregnant when he killed her during an altercation.(Shutterstock/Representative Photo)

The district court on Monday awarded rigorous imprisonment (RI) to a man convicted of killing his pregnant wife in 2012.

According to the prosecution, Raj Pal Singh of Chhajpur village in Hapur district had lodged an FIR at Dadri police station in Gautam Budh Nagar district on August 30, 2012. In his FIR, he stated that his wife Debendri Devi had come to her sister Kusum’s house at Beel Akbarpur village in Gautam Budh Nagar where she stayed for a few days.

The FIR further said that at 1am on August 30, Kusum’s husband Dharam Raj Singh, alias Bhuria, arrived in an inebriated condition and started demanding money from Kusum on which there was a heated argument between them. When Debendri and her nephew Gaurav tried to intervene, Dharam Raj thrashed Kusum and hit her head against a cot and a wall till she was critically injured. She died on her way to the hospital and was brought back home. She was seven-months pregnant at the time.

Police registered an FIR against Dharam Raj under IPC’s sections 304 and 506 and collected blood stains and other forensic evidence from the crime scene. The post-mortem report revealed injuries on Kusum’s body that led to her death. The chargesheet was filed on December 12, 2013.

All witnesses told the court that Dharam Raj was an alcoholic and used to beat his wife when he got drunk. He was also charged with killing the child in his wife’s womb. The accused pleaded innocence and claimed he was implicated due to family enmity.

“On Monday, additional sessions judge Birendra Kumar Singh awarded five years’ rigorous imprisonment to Dharam Raj alias Bhuria under IPC’s section 304(1). Four years’ imprisonment has been awarded under section 316 and one year’s imprisonment has been awarded under section 506 of the IPC. All imprisonments will run concurrently,” DSR Tripathi, senior prosecution officer, Gautam Budh Nagar, said on Tuesday.