Dowry death case: Husband gets life term

AHMEDABAD: A city sessions court on Tuesday sentenced an NSUI member to life imprisonment in connection with a dowry death. His parents were also awarded 10-year jail term for abetting suicide.

As per the case details, Niraj Shukla from Bapunagar and Deepa Bajpai tied knots on December 13, 2006. After the marriage, Deepa complained to her parents and brothers about her in-laws’ demand for dowry. And five months after the marriage on May 3, 2007, Deepa committed suicide by setting herself on fire.

Later, her family members lodged a complaint against Shukla, his mother Ramaben, who is a teacher, and his father Dev Narayan blaming them of harassing Deepa, which forced her to commit suicide. The Shukla family, on the other hand, claimed that Deepa’s death was an accident and the fire took place because of shot-circuit.

However, during police investigations, FSL reports revealed that kerosene was used in the incident. After hearing the case, additional sessions judge, BU Joshi held that the girl’s in-laws were responsible for the death because the incident happened in just five months of marriage.

The court awarded life imprisonment to Shukla, and sentenced Ramaben and Dev Narayan to 10 years jail.

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