A local court on Monday awarded life term imprisonment to a man, along with his parents and brother, for killing his wife over dowry.
The convicts, including Gurvinder Singh, husband of victim Upinderjit Kaur, his father Amrik Singh -- who is a former sarpanch of Deelwal village, his mother Manjit Kaur and younger brother Jaspreet Singh -- all residents of Deelwal village in Patiala -- have also been imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 each.
The incident had taken place in March 2014. The deceased, 21-year-old Upinderjit, was working in the kitchen on the fateful day when her husband and his family poured kerosene and set her on fire. Following the incident, the victim sustained 90 percent burn injuries and was rushed to the PGIMER, Chandigarh, where she died during the treatment.
During the treatment, the victim had levelled allegation against her husband and in-laws in her statement before the chief judicial magistrate that was later considered as dying declaration, which became the substantial base to prove the case.
In her statement, the victim stated that her in-laws were continuously harassing her over dowry. The victim was survived by a three-month-old toddler and the incident had taken place 14 months after she got married to Gurvinder Singh.
After the death of the victim, number of residents staged the protest against the police for not taking appropriate action against the accused. Later, the police had registered the case against them under the relevant sections.