Press Trust Of India
Sangrur, November 10, 2011
A court in Sangrur has awarded death sentence to a man for the murder of his new-born female baby. In a 97-page judgment, Sessions Judge of Sangrur M S Chauhan said "it is seen that the aggravating circumstances out-weigh the extenuating circumstances and as such the only punishment that
can be awarded to convict (Mukesh Kumar) is extreme penalty of death".
"The society needs to be insulated against persons of the ilk of the convict", the court said.
Kumar was also a awarded fine of Rs 10,000 in the judgment pronounced on Wednesday.
According to the prosecution, the accused, a street vendor, was married about five years ago to Manju Devi, both hailing from Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district. The couple were residing at Ajit Nagar in Sangrur in a rented accommodation.
On January 18 this year, Manju gave birth to her second female child, that annoyed her husband. He started taunting her for giving birth a female child instead of a male child.
On January 21, when Manju returned home from some work, she found her husband gagging the baby. The accused went outside stating that the baby was sleeping.
When the mother saw the kid, she found her dead.
She narrated the incident to her neighbours and some relatives. A neighbour had informed the matter to police.
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