Around 14 months after a 32-year-old teacher, Monica Goyal, was found dead at her residence in Sector 21, her husband and his parents were acquitted of murder but convicted on charges of abetment of suicide and disappearance of evidence, respectively.
The court of district and sessions judge SK Aggarwal ruled that the quantum of sentence against Monica's husband Vikas Goyal, his father JP Goyal and mother Prem Lata would be pronounced on Friday. Vikas's brother Vishal Goyal was acquitted on all counts.
But even as JP Goyal said they would appeal against the verdict in the high court, Monica's father Bhagwan Das Jindal, the complainant in the case, was not satisfied with the verdict. "The court did not consider the forensic report that pointed towards murder. My daughter did not get justice," Jindal said.
On October 15 last year, Monica was found hanging in her room reportedly by her husband. Monica's in-laws then took her to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 where she was declared dead on arrival.
Monica's father alleged that she had been tortured, physically and mentally, ever since she had got married to Vikas in 2002, and told the police that she had returned to her parents' house on many occasions due to marital discord.
After the death, her family held numerous demonstrations alleging that Monica had been murdered, at which the police added charges of murder after initially having treated it as a case of suicide. The police had, in fact, added the murder charge only after a forensic report purportedly hinted at foul play, but that could not be proved in court. The reasons why the court did not find it a case of murder would be known only in the detailed judgment that would come out after the sentencing.
Now, Vikas faces jail up to 10 years, while his parents may be imprisoned for up to three years.