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Friday , June 22 , 2012
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Life for driving wife to suicide

Durgapur, June 21: Asansol court today awarded life imprisonment to a man on the charge of abetting her wife to commit suicide in Kulti four years ago.

Tabasum Khatoon had hanged herself from the ceiling fan at her in-laws’ house on December 3, leaving behind her two minor daughters.

Her father had lodged a police complaint saying continuous torture by her husband Mohammad Asish forced her to commit suicide, said government pleader Swaraj Chatterjee.

Ashis was arrested and a case under Section 498 A and 304 B of the IPC was started against him.

“The learned judge after taking statements of the witnesses and going through the post-mortem report and chargesheet filed by the police gave his verdict today,” Chatterjee said.

The victim’s father Mohammad Jalil said her daughter married Ashis in 2004 and since then he used to beat her demanding dowry.

“I gave gold ornaments, furniture and cash during the wedding but still he used to extract money from me and used to beat my daughter up if I failed at times,” said Jalil.

Tabasum had fled her Kulti house four days before she committed suicide and came to Jalil, refusing to return, he added. But Jalil convinced her and sent her back to Asish.

“He demanded Rs 2,000 and I gave him the money thinking the future of my daughter would change but nothing happened. On December 3, Asish called me up to say that my daughter had committed suicide. I knew she was murdered,” sobbed Jalil outside the Asansol additional district and sessions judge court.

The court also slapped a three year vigorous punishment to Asish and fined Rs 1000 for his crime under section 498 A.

Jalil said: “I am happy for her today. Four days before committing suicide, she had visited me and wanted to stay with me. But I had forced her to return to her husband. If I had not insisted that day, my daughter would have been alive.”