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Life term for killing husband

R. Sivaraman
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Pramila Kumari
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 by her children, other relatives and material evidence.

The Judge concluded, “The woman had a grudge and animosity towards her husband, as he had not treated her properly, had not given her money for expenses and (because of) his misconduct in consuming 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.

Given to drinking, Manikchand was in the habit of using abusive language and spent a major part of his income on liquor.

Angry that her husband showed more affection to his siblings, Pramila Kumari developed animosity towards her husband, 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 but survived.

After hearing the gunshots, the husband’s elder brother rushed to find his brother in a pool of blood. Manikchand was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to the injuries the same day.

The Kothawalchavadi police arrested her and charged her for the offences, including murder of her husband, her suicide attempt, intimidating children and illegally possessing 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. “The concrete evidence of children and other prosecution witnesses clearly proved that she only is the reason for the killing of her husband.”


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