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.