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Three get 7-year jail for abetment to suicide

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, April 10, 2014
First Published: 23:13 IST(10/4/2014) | Last Updated: 23:17 IST(10/4/2014)

In a rare ruling, a local court on Thursday announced the sentence of seven years to three accused in an abetment to suicide case despite key witnesses turning hostile.

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The court of district and sessions judge, Tejwinder Singh, sentenced the victim's sister in-law Anju Sharma and her husband Sukhwinder Kumar and mother-in-law Sheela Devi to seven-year imprisonment for instigating Janata Nagar resident Pramod Sharma to commit suicide by hanging himself in his room on December 12, 2012.

The case is a unique one as the key witnesses, the victim's brother Duni Chand and brother-in-law Ram Narain, had turned hostile in the case.

The victim, who had written three suicide notes, had blamed the three convicts for forcing him to commit suicide. A note written on his shirt was also produced by the police as a proof. The handwriting on all the suicide notes, including on the shirt, was found the same in the forensic tests.

The victim was married to Rani Sharma, a resident of Panchkula, a few months before the incident and had left her husband's house.

The victim had paid `50,000 to three accused to send his wife back to his home but the accused were demanding `50, 000 more for this. Under stress for this reason, the victim had committed suicide.

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