Judge of the Mahila Court N. Raja Prasad Baba on Saturday found a 23-year-old man and his mother of Butchampeta in Rolugunta mandal guilty in a case of dowry death and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment for seven years and to pay a total fine of Rs. 2,500.
According to prosecution, Bathi Manga (21) wife of Lovaraju (23) was facing physical harassment from her in-laws since her marriage in 2006 after her parents could not pay the balance of dowry amount. Unable to bear the harassment, Manga set herself afire after dousing herself with kerosene on July 5, 2007. She died a few hours after being taken to Narsipatnam Area Hospital for treatment. Before her death, Manga’s dying declaration was recorded. The case was investigated by the then Assistant SP Krantirana Tata.
The Judge sentenced Lovaraju and his mother Mahalakshmi (50) to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs. 500 under Section 304 B of IPC and also handed over two years of RI and a fine of Rs. 2000 under Sec. 498 A of IPC and ruled that the sentences would run concurrently.