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Updated: March 2, 2013 02:17 IST

Pramila Kumari sentenced to life term for husband's murder

R. Sivaraman
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Pramila Kumari.
Special Arrangement Pramila Kumari.

A 36-year-old woman, who shot her quarrelsome and abusive husband with a country-made revolver in 2006, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday.

After killing her husband, she attempted suicide by shooting herself.

VI Additional Sessions Judge N. Kaliyamurthi awarded the sentence after analysing the testimony given by her children, other relatives and material evidence.

The judge concluded that the woman had a grudge against her husband, as he had not treated her properly, did not give her money for household expenses and took liquor frequently.

The judge took note of “the pre-planned attitude in bringing the revolver from Bharatpur for killing her husband for the ordinary reason of family quarrel. Hence, she has to be punished with sentence of imprisonment.”

According to the police, Pramila Kumari and her husband Manikchand were living on Perumal Mudali Street, Sowcarpet. Manikchand was in the habit of using abusive language and spent a major part of his income on liquor.

She was also angry that her husband showed more affection to his siblings, the prosecution said.

During a visit to her parents’ house in Rajasthan, she brought a country-made revolver and cartridges and hid them in an almirah.

On October 22, 2006, a day after Deepavali, Pramila Kumari shot him repeatedly with the revolver. She then attempted suicide.

After hearing the gunshots, the husband’s elder brother rushed to find his brother in a pool of blood.

Manikchand was taken to hospital where he succumbed to injuries the same day.

The Kothawalchavadi police arrested her and charged her with offences including murder of husband, attempt to commit suicide, intimidation of children and illegal possession of a weapon.

Arriving at the conclusion that the prosecution had established its case beyond doubt, the judge pointed out that the woman failed to explain the fatal injuries suffered by her husband.

Seriously guys??? There is a difference between killing someone because they
snapped and pre-meditate murder. Like someone pointed out.... if her husband was
abusive she could leave him seek divorce. Not go all the way to Rajasthan in the
pretext of visiting her parents buy the gun and hide it until waiting the right moment
and shot him.

What was that about he got what he deserved? You can't judge others look for your
own faults before commenting so recklessly. A life is a life no matter what.

from:  Ram Gopal
Posted on: Mar 5, 2013 at 02:18 IST

@Gokul... Leaving a husband is not easy for a wife...there's
taboo...for women...attached by the medieval traditioned indian
society...i can understand what this woman must be going
through...even if she had gone to police...nothing would have changed
a habitual drunkard..it all comes down to family...of the man...they
should have supported the wife...and taken their son to alcohol rehab
centre...turning a blind eye to their son's drinking habit has led to
his death...they should have known better...the woman...though a
criminal deserves a little linient punishment considering her
circumstances...if they have kids...its a sorry state for the kids...

from:  KK
Posted on: Mar 2, 2013 at 22:47 IST

If the woman was getting abused or was not given money, then she could
have just left the home and found herself a job. Does any man shoot a
woman if the woman doesn't go to work and give him money?

from:  Gokul
Posted on: Mar 2, 2013 at 13:37 IST

A little while earlier I heard about a judgement of reducing of life
sentence of a man who killed his wife. Another one was when a man got
away with less than life term for killing daughter and mother. This is
simply killing of husband who apparently had been rude. How does this
call for life sentence, this is a milder offense than the former two I
would say.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Mar 2, 2013 at 11:14 IST

Though don't have a opinion here. Just hope the spirit of Law was
upheld.

from:  Sathish
Posted on: Mar 2, 2013 at 07:43 IST

It is disturbing to note that the judge considers abusive behaviour on the part of the husband towards his wife as "family quarrel". It is difficult to comment on this case without more details - however, we know that women in India often face systematic psychological abuse. The judiciary needs to display more sensitivity to such a possibility and consider it, if appropriate, as a mitigating factor while deciding on the sentences.

from:  Ninad
Posted on: Mar 2, 2013 at 05:18 IST

What else to do with a drunkard, abusive guy who wouldn't give money for the family? He got what he deserved. If only more such women like this, we will find guys behaving with some semblence of fairness.

from:  M.Padmanabhan
Posted on: Mar 2, 2013 at 02:39 IST
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