A local court on Friday awarded life imprisonment to a woman for killing her sister-in-law after setting her on fire in Selkiana village of Jalandhar district on March 4, 2014.
The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 5000 on accused Gurbaksh Kaur, a resident of the same village, who was booked on the complaint of her sister-in-law Balwinder Kaur.
The murder was committed after Balwinder had lodged a complaint with police against the accused of threatening her ahead of a final hearing of a land dispute between her and Gurbaksh on March 7.
"After a heated argument, my enraged sister-in-law poured kerosense on me and set me ablaze and fled from the spot," she recorded in her statement to the police at the local civil hospital, where she struggled with her burns for 10 days before succumbing to death.
Her son Jatinder took her to the civil hospital and the police had immediately registered a case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code at the Phillaur police station against the accused. This was later converted to a case of murder and with the conviction finally happening on Friday.