In a case more than a decade old, the Bulandshahr court sentenced a 70-year-old woman to life imprisonment for the murder of a man who attempted to rape her daughter, and a fine of 25,000 rupees.
She was also fined 25,000 rupees. Giving the order on October 14, ADJ First Rajeshwar Shukla said there was “no need for an ax attack to stop the rape”, which could have been prevented with “a little resistance as well”.
The court considered the murder in the case of “honor killings and planned murder”.
After the sentencing, Assistant District Administrative Advocate (Criminal), Manuraj Bahadur, said that on August 1, 2010, the woman filed a complaint that a young man named Praveen had forcibly broken into their home and attempted to rape her daughter.
Her daughter screamed and resisted, but the young man did not stop. After that, Kasturi Devi said that she attacked the young man with an ax and the young man fell to the ground and died. Then she pulled the body and threw it outside under a tree.”
Praveen’s aunt filed an FIR with the police on August 2 where she said the deceased had gone for a walk after eating his meal on the evening of August 1. “He liked this girl but her mother didn’t like her. For this reason, she killed Davey Praveen,” she complained.
The police launched an investigation on the basis of the complaint and filed a murder case against Davey and filed an indictment against her in court.
After 11 years, the court found that the young man was attacked five times with an ax that caused his death. This was revealed in the autopsy report. The court said that at the time of the crime, the woman was 59 and could have stopped this attempted rape by “using a little resistance, but she did not.”
The court said that throwing the body out of the house showed that it was a planned murder.