Saturday, March 19, 2011

SC convicts woman, paramour for killing husband

SC convicts woman, paramour for killing husband

NEW DELHI: Relying on the testimony of a child witness, the Supreme Court has re-imposed life imprisonment on a woman and her paramour for murdering her husband in Madhya Pradesh's Guna district.

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan reversed the acquittal order of Madhya Pradesh High Court and restored the life imprisonment on the wife Bhaggo Bai and her paramour Ramesh for strangulating to death the husband Chatra on January 31, 1995.

The apex court, citing a number of its earlier rulings, said the testimony of 8-year-old Rannu Bai, the couple's daughter, can be relied upon on sufficient corroboration as children normally do not have any malice towards others, though courts should be cautious enough to ensure that they were not tutored.

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