A Delhi court has sentenced a woman to life imprisonment for battering her husband to death and cutting off his genitals in an act it described as “having been committed in utter frustration”.
Additional sessions judge N K Kaushik convicted Guddi alias Lakshmi alias Manku on murder charges based on circumstantial evidence and the deposition of witnesses comprising policemen among other officials. The woman had refused the services of a counsel to defend herself.
“The evidence and circumstances taken together destroy the innocence of the woman and clearly establish her guilt as the perpetrator of the murder,” the court said, adding, “under these circumstances, it is not far to see that the accused murdered the man.”
The order came on an incident involving last year’s murder of 35-year-old Raju alias Rajender, who hailed from Mauranipur village in UP’s Jhansi district.
He was living in Delhi with his wife Manku in a Palam Extension house near Dwarka.
His body was found in the house, wrapped in a plastic mat, bearing multiple wounds. His genitals had been severed with a sickle, and his wife was missing after the incident.
Manku was later arrested by police from her native village in Datia district in Madhya Pradesh, where she had taken refuge after the murder. Police recovered the weapon used in the murder and the sickle, besides her blood-stained clothes among other evidence.
The court, however, spared her the death sentence saying it was “not a rarest of rare crime” and that she was not involved in any crime earlier.
The court was unable to ascertain why the woman murdered her husband.
“It appears that the murder in this case was caused in a moment of emotional disturbance prompted by an utter sense of frustration and disappointment in the mind of the convict, who belongs to the poor section of society,” the judge said.