The Punjab and Haryana high court has rejected the suspension of sentence plea of accused who had paraded a woman naked in Fazilka in 2006.
The bench of justice Rajan Gupta observed that facts and circumstances of the case did not merit for suspension of the sentence awarded to the accused, even though they were in custody for over seven months now. “Mere long incarceration cannot be a ground to suspend the sentence,” the HC bench said while admitting the matter for further hearing but rejecting the suspension of sentence.
The FIR was lodged on the complaint of woman’s son in which it was alleged that the accused had cut her hair with scissors, blackened her face and paraded her naked on a ‘rehri’ . It was alleged that her husband was also assaulted. The villagers had not come forward to rescue the couple. The accused had levelled counter allegations and had alleged that the woman’s son used to harass the daughter of one of the accused.
A trial court had found accused guilty and awarded them one-year jail. Later, the victim’s son field an appeal and the local district and sessions court enhanced the sentence to four years. The court had increased the sentence observing that heinous crime had been committed. Now, the order has been challenged in the high court.