The court of additional sessions judge Baljinder Sidhu has sentenced Lakhwinder Kumar to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him for killing his wife Usha Rani.
The court also sentenced Usha's mother-in-law Asha Rani to 10-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on her.
Lakhwinder, 27, his father Ram Parkash, 62, and mother Asha Rani, 62, all residents of Pandori Mahanta village, 9 km from here, had severely beaten up Usha, poured kerosene on her, set her ablaze and thereafter threw her in water on April 11, 2011.
Usha was rushed to the local civil hospital in a critical condition, where her statement was recorded by Amit Kumar Garg, judicial magistrate first class.
She stated that she had been married for six years. She had alleged that her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law used to beat her regularly seeking more dowry.
She had stated that she could not bear any child and had suffered two miscarriages. The accused used to assault and harass her for not bearing any child.
On the basis of this statement, an FIR was registered under Sections 307, 498-A and 34 of the IPC against all three accused.
On April 12, 2011, Lakhwinder and Asha Rani were arrested.
Meanwhile, Usha succumbed to her injuries in the hospital on April 16, 2011.
Later, Section 304-B of the IPC was also added in the FIR. Ram Parkash was also arrested on April 19, 2011. During the course of the trial, Ram Parkash died and proceedings against him were abated vide order dated February 16, 2013.
The court held Usha Rani's husband and mother-in-law guilty and convicted them of various offences.