With kind permission from Roshni B, I share this news item of The Hindu in her thread that shows the plight of some metro women in matrimonial home:
Three of family get death for woman's murder
NEW DELHI: A sessions court here has handed out death sentence to the husband, mother-in-law and brother-in-law of a 32-year-old woman whom they killed in the presence of her three children for demanding transfer of a piece of land to her kids.
In his order, Additional Sessions Judge Dinesh Kumar Sharma of the Saket court noted that the case displayed the mentality of an honour killing where “if a lady raises her voice in the family, the family gets together and does her to death”.
The sentence comes hot on the heels of a Supreme Court observation that “honour killings” fall within the category of “rarest of rare” cases deserving capital punishment.
Holding that the sentence would act as a deterrent, Mr. Sharma said: “It has been held by the Apex Court that honour killings fall within the category of rarest of rarest cases deserving death sentence. I consider that courts while delivering judgments and awarding punishments are required to give a message to society that the mentality of a certain class, that a woman is not to be allowed to raise her voice, has to change. It is time to stamp out these barbaric, feudal practices which are a slur on our nation. In such cases, death penalty is necessary as a deterrent for such outrageous, uncivilised behaviour. A message should go to society that if an innocent woman is killed in such a brutal manner, the gallows await them.”
On October 15, 2007, the victim, Urmila, was beaten with bricks and strangulated by her husband Surender aided by his mother Lakhpati and brother Narender. On October 17, the police were informed about a body lying at a house in Humayunpur village of South Delhi.
On reaching the house, the police noticed foul smell and on opening a diwan, which doubled up as a bed and a cupboard, found the body of Urmila with 14 injuries from head to toe.
Urmila's three children, aged between four and nine years, who were witnesses to the gory crime recorded their statements before a magistrate implicating their father, grandmother and uncle. However, during trial the three children turned hostile, but the judge disregarded this noting that they were “won over” and it was not “difficult to understand why these innocent children” turned hostile.
Referring to the “trust” imposed on in-laws by the arranged marriage system in the country, Mr. Sharma noted: “A father marries off his daughter with the belief that his daughter would be protected by her husband and in-laws. An innocent girl also goes to totally unknown persons under the belief and assumption that she would remain safe and sound there… If such a bride is killed in such a brutal manner by all the in-laws together in furtherance of common intention, what could be more brutal or diabolic? This is not the murder of a woman, this is a murder and assault on the dignity of the entire womanhood.”