Sunday, March 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Honour killing: Death sentence commuted for 5

Honour killing: Death sentence commuted for 5
TNN | Mar 13, 2011, 06.45am IST

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday commuted the
death sentence awarded to five people in an honour killing case to 20
years imprisonment, while acquitting two men for lack of evidence.

A division bench of Justices S K Mittal and M Jeyapaul converted the
death sentence, ordered by Karnal sessions court in March last year,
to 20 years without remission in the case of honour killing of a young
couple, Manoj and Babli. It acquitted two other persons, main
conspirator Ganga Raj and Satish, for want of evidence. While Satish
had earlier been awarded death sentence, Ganga Raj was awarded life

Coming down heavily on the Haryana Police for shoddy investigation in
the matter, the court ordered disciplinary action against the
investigating police officials. he couple, Manoj, 23, and Babli, 19,
had married in 2007 against the wishes of their families. Manoj, who
ran an electronics repair shop at Kaithal, eloped with Babli, resident
of Karoran village in May 2007.

They were murdered the next month. Suresh, brother of Babli, Rajinder
and Baru Ram (both uncles) and Gurdev and Satish (both cousins) were
awarded the death penalty by Additional District and Sessions Judge
Vani Gopal Sharma on March, 30 last year. Except Satish, who has been
acquitted by the high court, the other four will serve 20 years in
prison. The HC said that their term will be without remission. Mandeep
Singh, a driver, who was convicted for abduction of the couple, has
been given seven years in jail. However, Khap panchayat leader Ganga
Raj, who was also convicted for murder along with the other five
people, was acquitted. The convicted had conspired to kill the couple
after a khap panchayat decision declaring their marriage invalid.
Ganga Raj, a small-time political leader and Babli's relative, was
part of the khap decision. After chasing the couple for days, Babli's
relatives dragged them out of a Karnal-bound bus in June 2007,
brutally murdered them and threw their bodies in a canal. IANS

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