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Victory for Indian woman who almost set fire to hubby's penis

world Updated: Apr 13, 2011 15:38 IST

A woman who wanted to set fire to her husband's penis to stop him cheating but instead gave him fatal burns walked free from an Australian court on Wednesday after a judge suspended her sentence.

Rajini Narayan, 46, was sentenced to six years in jail for the 2008 manslaughter of her husband Satish but Justice John Sulan suspended the term, saying she had already suffered a great deal, Australian media reported.

During her trial, the Adelaide Supreme Court heard Narayan had planned to burn the tip of her husband's penis to mark it as hers after learning he was having an affair and had even told him so, showing him a cup of petrol and a candle, the AAP news agency said.

But Satish, to whom she had been married for some two decades, during which he had subjected her to constant physical and verbal abuse, turned his back on her saying: "No, you won't. You bitch."

She then snapped and threw the candle and petrol on his back, sparking the fire which gutted their Adelaide home and left him with fatal burns.

The jury cleared Narayan of murder but found her guilty of manslaughter.

"For the first time in your life you had confronted your husband, had found the courage to be assertive to the person who had mistreated you for 20 years," Justice Sulan said in announcing the sentence, AAP reported.

"His response was to treat you with disdain, dismiss you."

Sulan took the unusual step of suspending the sentence, saying the woman had already suffered greatly but ordered her to be under the supervision of authorities for two years and to undergo counselling.